Severe storms rip through southern Ontario, power slowly restored
Monday, November 18, 2013, 7:42 -
The lights are slowly coming back on after severe storms knocked out power to thousands of Ontarians Sunday night.
A major low pressure system swept through the region bringing flooding rains, thunderstorms and damaging winds.
"Winds have dropped below warning criteria over much of the southwestern and south central Ontario early this morning except regions near eastern Lake Erie, eastern Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay, where winds of 60 km/h gusting up to 90 will continue this morning," said Environment Canada in a special weather statement early Monday. "Over eastern Ontario, winds on the order of 50 km/h gusting to 80 are possible this morning from Stirling, Tweed and Kaladar to Ottawa and 40 km/h gusting to 70 farther north.
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At the height of the storm, more than 100,000 people were without power after winds of up to 90 km/h ripped through Sunday night.
In the Greater Toronto Area alone, some 70,000 customers were left in the dark.
Hydro crews worked through the night, restoring power to affected areas.
As of 7 am Monday, several thousand customers remained without power, but officials expect to have most back up later in the day.
Hours earlier, the same storm system spawned tornadoes in the U.S. Midwest, killing at least six people and leaving a path of destruction.
In the central Illinois town of Washington, a tornado wiped out entire neighbourhoods in seconds.
The storms also caused damage in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Kentucky.
Heavy snow hits the north
As damaging winds and thunderstorms hit southern Ontario on Sunday, most of the north was dealing with heavy snow.
A snowfall warning was issued for areas from Kapuskasing to Little Abitibi, with up to 20 cm of snow forecast through Monday.
Local blowing snow is also possible with this system resulting in reduced visibilities in exposed areas.