A woman from Brampton, Ontario. died after a severe thunderstorm hit most of southern Ontario on Saturday afternoon.
Peel Regional Police say a woman in her 60s was walking alone in the area of Belmont Drive and Birchbank Road near Dixie Road when she was struck by a falling tree.
She was transported to a local hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries.
“It’s just an absolutely tragic, tragic accident that happened,” a police spokesman said. “His family is aware of his passing.”
Police are investigating the death of a woman during a severe thunderstorm in Brampton, Ontario. (Corey Baird/CTV News Toronto)
Environment Canada issued a weather warning early Saturday afternoon, saying “conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms.”
They warned that winds could blow at speeds of up to 100 kilometers per hour and nickel-sized hail could fall in the area.
The storm tore through the province shortly after the weather report was released, knocking down trees and causing multiple power outages.
Peel Regional Police said traffic lights were out at a few intersections in Brampton, Ont. A tree also fell across a roadway.
Meanwhile, Toronto police are urging residents to call 3-1-1 for storm-related issues and that non-emergency lines for the service will be temporarily closed due to the storm.
“Please use the 9-1-1 lines only for emergencies,” they said.
A Hydro One map shows several active power outages in southern Ontario, with officials saying more than 70,000 people are without power. The agency says it responds to these incidents as “quickly and safely as possible.”
Toronto Hydro’s power outage map is currently down for maintenance, but on Twitter they said they were responding to “scattered outages” across the city.
“Remember, if you encounter downed cables, stay at least 10 meters back (which is about the length of a school bus),” Toronto Hydro said.
Toronto Firefighters have confirmed that a firefighter was injured while in the parking lot of their hall on the west end of the city.
Deputy Fire Chief Tony Bavota told CP24 on Saturday afternoon that the firefighter was struck by a tree branch.
“He is conscious and fine now. He is being treated in hospital,” he said.
WEATHER ALERT SENT TO MOBILE
At around 12:45 p.m., a mobile alert was sent to phones warning residents to “seek shelter immediately if threatening weather conditions approach”.
According to Environment Canada, the option to issue an emergency weather alert was included in their system last June, but this is the first time it has been used.
Officials said they chose to do so because winds near Kitchener were expected to be gusting to around 131 kilometers per hour. At Toronto’s Pearson airport, winds were blowing at 120 kilometers per hour around 1 p.m.
No official report of a tornado has been made by Environment Canada, although officials say they are still collecting data.
A weather alert was sent to Ontarians’ mobile phones on May 21, 2022.
As evening approaches, Environment Canada says there is a 60% chance of showers.
The rain is going to be paired with high humidity, with a resting temperature of around 27°C, feeling like 34°C.
Wet weather is expected to continue on Sunday, although the temperature won’t be as heavy at 19C.
Holiday Monday seems to be a mix of sun and cloud, with a high of 17°C.
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