Close to 69,000 Ontario residents were left without power after a series of destructive thunderstorms and several tornadoes ripped through southwestern Ontario last night.

Over half of these residents are in the area of Owen Sound and Walkerton, which is just north of Durham, Ont., where a tornado was spotted.

Another 6,000 people in cottage country near Georgian Bay and in Muskoka are also in the dark this evening, said Hydro One representative Daniele Gauvin.

Hydro One was still receiving calls late last night and couldn’t give an exact number for the York region — but it was believed a number homes and businesses in the York region, were without power. In Toronto, subway service was suspended between Wilson and Downsview stations after line outages.

There were also multiple pockets of power outages throughout the city and downtown.

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