WILD WEATHER LEADS TO SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNINGS AS FOUR GOLFERS HIT BY LIGHTNING

Jun 17, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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Today’s severe weather is bringing heavy rain and thunder to some areas of southern Ontario.

Environment Canada has issued a number of severe thunderstorm watches and warnings and even a tornado warning for parts of cottage country including Barrie, Collingwood, Orillia and Midland.

Near noon – four golfers were injured after being struck by lightning on a golf course north of Toronto.

Paramedics were called to Bethesda Grange Golf Course, on Warden north of Stouffville Road around 11:40 a.m.

All of the injured men range in age from 51 to 60. Police say one victim is in critical condition and the other three victims are stable.

Environment Canada estimates that between nine and ten people are killed each year by lightning strikes.

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