Two people dead as dangerous thunderstorms roll through Ontario – CBC.ca

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Severe thunderstorms hit southern Ontario

Several cities and towns were under a thunderstorm warning on Saturday as areas such as Kitchener, Ont., saw heavy rain and high winds.

A series of dangerous thunderstorms rolled across Ontario on Saturday leaving two people dead, one in Peel and the other in Brant County.

According to Ontario Provincial Police, one person died and two others were injured after a tree fell on their camping trailer in Brant County.

Police say they were called to the area just before 12:30 p.m.

Emergency crews found three injured people, who were all transported to hospital. One person was pronounced dead at hospital while the others were treated for minor injured.

Police have not released the name of the person who died.

Sad news to deliver! 1 person is deceased and 2 others were injured after a tree fell on a camping trailer at @PinehurstLake. #OPP continuing to investigate and updates will be provided when new information becomes available. @BrantCommunity @grandriverca #BrantOPP ^es pic.twitter.com/OkpAkRW4se

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Meanwhile, a woman in her 70s died after being hit by a tree during the thunderstorm, Peel Regional Police say.

Police say the woman was struck just after 1:30 p.m. in the area of Belmont Drive and Birchbank Road in Brampton.

“A large tree struck a woman who was out walking during the storm,” police wrote in a tweet.

The woman was transported to a local hospital, where she died.

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Peel police say a woman was reportedly walking between two houses in Brampton when a tree fell on top of her. (Grant Linton/CBC)

A spokesperson with Peel police told CBC News the woman was reportedly walking between two houses when the tree fell on top of her.

Emergency crews managed to get her out from under the tree and transported her to hospital.

Meanwhile, Toronto police initially told CBC News they received a call that a boat with between 15 to 20 people capsized during the storm.

Police later clarified that they were called to the Humber Bay Shores West area for reports of a sailboat with people on board trying to make it back to the shoreline.

Police say their marine unit responded, along with Toronto Fire and Paramedics, but were unable to locate any stranded or capsized boat or vessel.

Police say there were no signs of anyone in distress.

The marine units will continue to patrol the waters to ensure everyone’s safety, police wrote in an email to CBC News.

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A tree smashes through a house and deck near Toronto’s Little Portugal neighbourhood during Saturday’s storm. (CBC)

Several cities and towns were under a thunderstorm warning as severe storms rolled across Toronto and most of the GTA on Saturday afternoon.

At the peak of the storm, Environment Canada said wind gusts of up to 100 km/h and toonie-sized hail were possible in some places.

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This tree was uprooted during the storm in Pickering. (Irene Thomaidis/CBC)

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Large hail can damage property and cause injury,” Environment Canada said in a statement. 

“Widespread and extremely strong wind gusts can destroy buildings with tornado-like damage, flatten large stands of trees and blow vehicles off the road.” 

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The storm knocked down power lines in Kitchener. (Submitted by Sherry Morley)

Locations impacted by the thunderstorms include:

  • Hamilton.
  • Toronto.
  • Milton.
  • Burlington.
  • Brampton.
  • Oakville.
  • Mississauga.
  • Vaughan.
  • Richmond Hill.
  • Markham.
  • Erin.
  • Halton Hills.
  • Ancaster.
  • Dundas.
  • Waterdown.
  • Caledon.
  • King City.
  • Aurora.
  • Downtown Toronto.
  • Rockwood.
  • Stratford.

Thousands in Mississauga without power 

Meanwhile, thousands of customers in Mississauga are without power due to the storm, Alectra Utilities says.

Hydro One was also responding to outages caused by the thunderstorms moving across southwestern Ontario.

The company says it is trying to restore power as quickly as possible.

We’re responding to outages caused by severe thunderstorms moving across southwestern Ontario as quickly and safely as possible. Visit our map for updates or to report an outage: https://t.co/hmWGJ5o0vS #ONstorm pic.twitter.com/DidTqHfSJG

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