Canada storms: Nearly a million homes lose power in high windson May 22, 2022 at 3:48 pm

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Five people die due to falling trees and high winds across southern Ontario and Quebec.

Screengrab from social media video showing Toronto storm

Image source, DR LIZA EGBOGAH

More than 900,000 homes in southern Canada were left without power on Saturday after a severe storm hit the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Four people were killed by falling trees and a woman died when a boat capsized in the Ottawa River.

Wind gusts reached 82 mph (132km/h) during the storm, according to Environment Canada.

Power company Hydro One, which covers Ontario, said it would take several days to reconnect every home.

Meanwhile, Hydro Quebec said 550,000 homes there lost power, with nearly 400,000 still suffering outages as of 14:00 GMT (10:00 local time) on Sunday.

The powerful thunderstorm, which lasted more than two hours, felled many trees, disrupted traffic, damaged homes and saw emergency services inundated with calls for help.

Uprooted and overturned

Ontario Provincial Police said that one person died and two others were injured by a falling tree in a campsite at the Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area, about 60 miles (100km) from Toronto.

A woman in her 70s was also killed by a falling tree while out walking in the suburb of Brampton, in the Greater Toronto area.

Meanwhile in the capital city, Ottawa, a 59-year-old man died when a tree was uprooted on a golf course.

East of Ottawa, local media reported that a 44-year-old man was also killed by a falling tree in Greater Madawaska.

In neighbouring province Quebec, police told local media that a 51-year-old woman drowned when a boat overturned in the Ottawa River, which runs through both provinces.

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