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Thunderstorm takes Southern Ontario and Quebec by Surprise

It is expected that the weather would start clearing up and get hotter as summer knocks on the door. However, on Saturday, May 21st  the entire Ontario was shocked as several severe thunderstorms took the southern part of the province by surprise. Several weather warnings were released to warn the inhabitants of southern Ontario concerning the storms to prevent serious accidents. Parts of Quebec were also affected by this storm. A warning was issued at different times in various parts of Ontario from 12:23 pm to 12:45 pm (Eastern Central Time). 

Despite the release of various warnings, some accidents resulted in death, injuries, and power outages. In Brampton, a city in Ontario, a woman in her 70s died because of a falling tree affected by the storm. In another city there was also an accident involving a falling tree which affected three, one dead and the other two severely injured. In Quebec, a woman drowned and died because her boat was knocked over on the Ottawa river, also in Ottawa a 59-year-old man died on a golf course. 


In other parts of the province that were affected by the thunderstorm, there were power outages which a lot of people were not prepared for. As of now, there are at least nine recorded deaths and over a thousand people that do not have power. Local power companies have told the affected people that it may take a few days for them to be able to fix the problems resulting in the power outage. There are also parts of the province that are under a thunderstorm watch as there is a chance for that area to have a thunderstorm again. 


This thunderstorm affected a lot of roads as several trees and. power lines fell and are currently blocking the roads. The inhabitants are advised to stay indoors so the city workers can take the obstacles off the roads. Several city workers have said that the roads are messy because there are so many trees, poles and vehicles that were affected by the storm. The storm is known as a “derecho”, this type of thunderstorm is long-lasting, very destructive and can lead to or cause tornadoes and flash floods


Many inhabitants of Ontario expressed their dissatisfaction with the time in which the thunderstorm warnings were sent out. They believed that it was sent out late and that if the warnings were sent out earlier then a lot of people would have been able to prepare for the storm. The civilians believed that there were casualties in the first place because there was not enough time to prepare safely for the storm, the people affected were just going about their days normally and by the time the warnings were issued it was a bit too late for them to prepare themselves. 


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