Mother Nature put on quite the light show in southwestern Ontario as severe thunderstorms on Sunday brought with them strobe light-like lightning in addition to loud cracks of thunder, heavy rain, and winds.
Once the storms moved out, however, they left damage behind in the shape of downed tree limbs and power outages.
As of 11 a.m. Monday, London Hydro was reporting 26 outages in Hyde Park, Sharon Creek, Glanworth, Glen Cairn, Westmount and Woodhull.
“We had probably 5,000 customers without power last evening with the peak of the storm,” London Hydro’s Nancy Hutton told Global News on Monday.
“This morning, we’re still dealing with a larger outage in the Glanworth area where multiple poles were downed due to the storm. The Glanworth area will probably be till about 8:00 p.m. this evening before power is restore.”
Hutton added that it’s also possible that more outages will pop up throughout Monday.
“Sometimes there might not be an outage and then, you know, a tree limb that’s broken off falls on a wire and takes it down as well.”
An official with the City of London said Monday crews from its forestry team “have been out all night and this morning responding to approximately 50 reports of damaged trees.” Residents can report fallen branches or other tree issues online.
Outside of London, Hydro One said crews “continue to respond to power outages in southern Ontario caused by heavy rain, high winds and thunderstorms that passed through the region Sunday night,” with thousands of customers without power as of 8:40 a.m. Monday.
Power outages due to the storm have resulted in closures at several schools outside of London within the Thames Valley District School Board:
- East Williams Memorial Public School in Ailsa Craig
- Emily Stowe Public School in Norwich
- North Middlesex District High School in Parkhill
- Parkhill-West Williams Public School in Parkhill
- Port Burwell Public School in Port Burwell
- Springfield Public School in Springfield
- Straffordville Public School in Straffordville