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Updated: Mon, 18 Nov 2013 08:28:59 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Ontario storms cause widespread power outages



Hydro One crews are on scene after severe storms uprooted a tree in Toronto. The tree fell on two vehicles. Tony Smyth/CBC

Hydro One crews are on scene after severe storms uprooted a tree in Toronto. The tree fell on two vehicles. Tony Smyth/CBC

A line of severe storms swept across southern and eastern Ontario last night, bringing heavy rain and winds gusting to 90 km/h.

Hydro One says that at the height of the storm, the power was knocked out to well over 100,000 homes and businesses between Windsor and the Kingston area.

The power was back on for some by 6 a.m., but through the early morning, some 86,000 Hydro One customers were still without power. 

In the Greater Toronto Area, about 70,000 customers were left in the dark, and another 24,000 in London. Crews worked through the night to get the lights back on, though by early morning, "small pockets" of Toronto were still without power, according to Toronto Hydro. 

The weather system roared into Ontario after punishing the American Midwest with tornadoes and thunderstorms that left at least six dead in Illinois.

In the central Illinois town of Washington, a twister obliterated entire neighbourhoods, flipping vehicles, uprooting trees, and ripping down power lines.

The storms also caused damage in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan.

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