Four dead and 900,000 homes without power after storms in Canada
Steph Deschamps / May 22, 2022
Canadian authorities announced Saturday the death of four people in the east of the country, hit by severe thunderstorms that also deprived of power to nearly 900,000 homes in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
Ontario police took to Twitter to report three deaths and several injuries from a severe summer thunderstorm.
One person was killed when a tree fell on his trailer in Brant County, south of Toronto, in the middle of the day, the Ontario Provincial Police said on Twitter.
In the same area, and a few minutes later, a woman of more than 70 years, moving on foot under the storm, was crushed by a tree, according to the same source.
Further north, in the federal capital Ottawa, one person was killed by the storms, but local police declined to elaborate at a press conference.
A fourth person, a woman in her 50s whose boat capsized in the storm, drowned in the river between Ottawa and its Quebec suburb of Gatineau, according to information obtained by CBC from local police.
In addition, nearly 900,000 homes in Eastern Canada were still without power Saturday night: some 340,000 in Ontario and nearly 535,000 in Quebec, according to online counts from local power providers Hydro One and Hydro-Québec.