A powerful storm that swept through Norfolk County Sunday night caused several trees and power lines to sag due to the wind.
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say the affected areas include St. Williams, Turkey Point and the Courtland area in the direction of Long Point and Port Rowan.
As of 8 a.m. Monday, Hydro One’s storm center map showed up to 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 rains, high winds and thunderstorms that passed through the region Sunday night,” Hydro One said in a statement Monday.
Strong thunderstorms bring downed tree limbs and power outages in London, Ontario. region
The service says that up to 20,000 customers in southern Ontario are without power as of morning.
OPP reported some minor collisions and says drivers should slow down and be especially careful on the roads.
“As the day progresses, the cleaning will continue. But please keep in mind that there may be large tree limbs, large trees, anything that may be in the way, ”Const. Ed Sanchuk said in a social media post Monday morning.
The Grand Erie District School Board closed nine schools amid the power outages. The affected schools include:
- Courtland PS
- Our Lady of Fatima, Courtland
- Langton PD
- Sacred Heart Langton
- Valley Heights
- Houghton PD
- Port Rowan PS
- Walsh PD
- San Miguel, Walsh
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