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Storm knocks down trees, power lines and closes some schools in Norfolk County

Ontario Provincial Police urged drivers in Norfolk County to take extra care following a storm that knocked down some trees and power lines throughout the region on Sept. 13, 2021. Global News

A powerful storm that went through Norfolk County on Sunday night caused several trees and power lines to topple from the wind.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say the affected areas included St. Williams, Turkey Point, and the Courtland area heading up to Long Point and Port Rowan.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, Hydro One’s storm centre map was showing as many as 11 areas between London and Hamilton with power outages and crews working at least two sites to restore power after lines went down.

“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,” Hydro One said in a release on Monday.

Read more: Heavy thunderstorms bring downed tree limbs, power outages to London, Ont. region

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The service says as many as 20,000 customers in Southern Ontario are without power as of the morning.

OPP reported some minor collisions and say drivers should slow down and take extra care on the roadways.

“As the day progresses, the cleanup will continue. But please just be aware that there may be large tree limbs, large trees, anything that may be in the roadway,” Const. Ed Sanchuk said in social media post on Monday morning.

The Grand Erie District School Board closed down nine schools amid the power outages. The impacted schools include:

  • Courtland PS
  • Our Lady of Fatima, Courtland
  • Langton PS
  • Sacred Heart Langton
  • Valley Heights
  • Houghton PS
  • Port Rowan PS
  • Walsh PS
  • St. Michael’s, Walsh

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