Southern Ontario storms leave 5 dead


The number of fatalities has risen to five across Southern Ontario as severe thunderstorms ripped through the region on Saturday. There were also several injuries.


The storms brought damaging wind gusts that resulted in extensive damage to trees, power lines and buildings. There were also overturned cars reported as well as widespread power outages.


More than 350,000 customers were without power. As of this morning, there are still some power outages.


In some areas, winds were well in excess of 100 km/h. Here is a summary of peak wind gusts:

  • Kitchener - Waterloo Airport 132 km/h

  • Ottawa International Airport 120 km/h

  • Toronto Pearson International Airport 120 km/h

  • Toronto Buttonville Airport 110 km/h

  • Brantford Airport 104 km/h

  • Uxbridge 100 km/h

  • Elora 99 km/h

  • Ottawa Central Experimental Farm 93 km/h

  • Gatineau 89 km/h

  • Oshawa Airport 89 km/h

  • Toronto Island Airport 89 km/h

  • Trenton 83 km/h

  • Guelph 83 km/h

Data Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada