Violent hurricane in eastern Canada knocks out power to 900,000 homes, 4 dead

OTTAWA, – Four people died and nearly 900,000 homes lost power after powerful storms hit Canada’s eastern provinces of Ontario and Quebec.

Ontario police said four people were killed and several others injured in the severe thunderstorm.

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Images posted on social media across the province showed roads littered with debris and fallen trees damaging homes and cars.

A man died when a tree fell in the caravan where he was staying on Saturday (21/5/2022).

Meanwhile, according to Peel County Police, a woman in her 60s has died after being struck by a tree in the city of Brampton.

“The woman was transported to a local hospital where she died of her injuries,” local officials tweeted.

The storm was severe enough that the Environment Canada agency issued an emergency warning that interrupted normal broadcasting, which spread to television and radio stations and cell phones.

In the federal capital Ottawa, one person died in the storm, but local police declined to provide further details.

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The fourth victim was a woman in her 50s. He drowned when his boat capsized on the Ottawa River, which separates Ottawa and Quebec, during a hurricane, national broadcaster Radio Canada reported citing local police.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said staff were assessing damage and threats on the ground.

“We have full municipal and hydro crews clearing roads and restoring power. This is a major storm and we ask for your patience,” he said. AlJazeera on Sunday (22/5/2022).

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In the city of Kitchener, Ontario, gusts of up to 132 km/h were recorded, according to Environment Canada, while in Toronto and Ottawa, gusts of up to 120 km/h were observed.

Nearly 900,000 homes in the two provinces lost power on Saturday evening (5/21/2022), according to an online tally from local providers Hydro One and Hydro-Quebec.

“We expect it will take several days to restore power after today’s destructive storm,” Hydro One said.

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Environment Canada meteorologist Daniel Liota said while gusts of such speed were not uncommon in isolated local air currents, the storm was extreme because it covered such a large geographic area. .

“It’s a big deal. It’s a high-level thunderstorm,” he said, as quoted by Canadian Press.

JUSTIN TANG/CANADIAN PRESS via AP PHOTO Residents and members of the public gather to view trees destroyed during a major storm in Ottawa, Canada, Saturday, May 21, 2022.

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