Boat with up to 20 people onboard capsizes during severe thunderstorms

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A boat with between 15 to 20 people onboard capsized during severe thunderstorm Saturday, Toronto police say.

Police say the boat capsized in the Lake Shore Avenue W. and Park Lawn Road area and a marine rescue is now underway. 

Several cities and towns were under a thunderstorm warning as severe storms rolled across Toronto and most of the GTA Saturday afternoon.

At the peak of the storm Environment Canada said wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres an hour and toonie-sized hail were possible in some places.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation. Large hail can damage property and cause injury,” Environment Canada said in a statement. 

“Widespread and extremely strong wind gusts can destroy buildings with tornado-like damage, flatten large stands of trees and blow vehicles off the road.” 

Several cities and towns were impacted as severe thunderstorms rolled across Toronto and most of the GTA  Saturday afternoon. (John Rieti/CBC)

Locations impacted by the thunderstorms include:

  • Hamilton.
  • Toronto.
  • Milton.
  • Burlington.
  • Brampton.
  • Oakville.
  • Mississauga.
  • Vaughan.
  • Richmond Hill.
  • Markham.
  • Erin,.
  • Halton Hills.
  • Ancaster.
  • Dundas.
  • Waterdown.
  • Caledon.
  • King City.
  • Aurora.
  • Downtown Toronto.
  • Rockwood.
Environment Canada issued an emergency alert Saturday afternoon as thunderstorms blanket Ontario. (John Reiti/CBC)

Thousands in Mississauga without power 

Meanwhile, thousands of customers in Mississauga are without power due to the storm, Alectra Utilities says.

Thousands of customers in Mississauga are without power due to the storm, Alectra Utilities says. (CBC)
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