Uxbridge declares state of emergency in wake of severe damage from Ontario storm

WATCH: Uxbridge residents devastated by Ontario storm

A town in Durham Region has declared a state of emergency following a deadly storm that lashed southern Ontario with dangerously high winds, rain and hail.

On Saturday, the Town of Uxbridge, about an hour northeast of Toronto, declared a state of emergency as a result of the damage left by storm winds that reached over 130 km/hour in some parts of the province.

“Widespread power outages are occurring,” the statement said. “Many roads are closed throughout the Uxbridge.”

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The storm was severe enough for Environment Canada to issue a broadcast-intrusive emergency alert that goes out to television, radio stations and mobile phones.

At least five people died in Ontario and Quebec as a result of the storm, with the first fatality reported in Brampton, Ont., where a woman in her 70s died after being struck by parts of a large tree.

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In Uxbridge, the town banned outdoor fires to minimize potential distractions for its stretched emergency crews.

“Township Emergency responders are deployed to assist with storm damage,” a tweet read. “A fire ban assists emergency response by reducing the need to respond to recreational fire-related incidents.”

The advanced polling station in the town for Ontario’s upcoming provincial election was also closed “until further notice” on Sunday morning due to power outages.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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