Power outages continue in eastern Ontario following storm on May 21

The Canadian Press
Power outages continue in eastern Ontario following storm on May 21

Thousands of people in eastern Ontario have ongoing power outages after a deadly storm swept across the province 10 days ago.

Hydro One says about 6,000 of its customers are still without power following the storm on May 21.

That includes 3,000 powerless properties in Tweed, 2,600 in Bancroft, 356 in Peterborough and 98 in Perth.

Hydro Ottawa says that 3,500 of its customers are also without power.

The storm killed 11 people in Ontario and Quebec and left hundreds of thousands in the dark after high winds toppled countless hydro poles and trees. 

Environment Canada has said the severe weather involved a derecho — a rare widespread windstorm associated with a line of thunderstorms — that developed near Sarnia, Ont., and moved northeast across the province, ending in Quebec City.

The catastrophic weather event prompted the communities of Uxbridge, northeast of Toronto, as well as the Township of Greater Madawaska, Clarence-Rockland and the City of Peterborough to declare states of emergency. 

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 31, 2022.

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