At least 2 dead after severe thunderstorm sweeps through southern Ontario

At least two people have died after a massive thunderstorm that swept across much of Southern Ontario today.

Peel Regional Police say a woman has died after being struck by a fallen tree in Brampton, Ontario.

Ontario Provincial Police also say one person was killed and two others injured after a tree fell on a camper van near Pinehurst Lake in the Waterloo region.

The storm, which cut through a wide swath of southern Ontario on the first day of the long weekend in May, also left thousands without power, according to Hydro One.

The storm was violent enough for Environment Canada to send out an intrusive emergency warning to television and radio stations and cell phones.

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Environment Canada meteorologist Daniel Liota says winds of 80 miles per hour measured at the Kitchener, Ont. airport were enough of a risk to property and life to trigger the alert.

More to come…

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