5 dead after severe thunderstorms in Ontario and Quebec; hundreds of thousands without electricity
The line of thunderstorms developed near Sarnia, a city in Ontario, late Saturday morning and tracked southern Ontario toward Ottawa Saturday afternoon, according to Environment Canada.
The storm left more than 350,000 customers without power and “extensive power outages continue today,” the agency said on Sunday.
Storms also swept through central Quebec on Saturday, resulting in broken tree limbs, uprooted trees, building damage and “more than 500,000 homes without power,” Environment Canada said.
Hydro-Québec specifies on its website that the restoration of service progressed overnight and Sunday morning, and that nearly 500 teams were mobilized on Sunday.
“The severe thunderstorms that crossed Quebec on Saturday evening caused numerous power outages, mainly in the Laurentians, Outaouais and Lanaudière. At the height of the event, approximately 550,000 customers were without electricity,” Hydro Quebec said on its website.