Damage, power outages, school closures after intense storms light up skies across southwestern Ontario

London, Ont. –

Like a scene out of a horror movie the lightning never seemed to quit after a line of intense thunderstorms rolled across southwestern Ontario.

Around 10 p.m. the storms began to light up the skies across the London region. The lightning was constant as winds and heavy rains pounded the region.

As of 6 a.m. Monday morning there are numerous power outages being reported by Hydro One across the area.

Reports of damage have come in from areas such as St. Thomas and Ailsa Craig.

CTV News London and 1290 CJBK have received reports that the historic Trinity Chapel in Ailsa Craig was heavily damaged in the storms.

Meanwhile in London there are a few small pockets where power remains out but none are wide spread.

The exact extent of the storms’ damage is not yet known, however so far no injuries have been reported.

Meanwhile as a result of power outages several Thames Valley District School Board schools are closed.

The following schools will not be open Monday:

  • East Williams Memorial Public School
  • Emily Stowe Public School
  • North Middlesex District High School
  • Parkill-West Williams Public School
  • Port Burwell Public School
  • Springfield Public School
  • Straffordville Public School

More rain is possible in the region later Monday with a 70 per cent chance for light showers in the afternoon.


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