A ninth person died Saturday when the boat she was in capsized on the Ottawa River near Masson-Angers, Que.

David Sills, executive director of the Northern Tornadoes Project at Western University, said wind speeds could have reached much higher than 132 kilometres an hour reported by Environment and Climate Change Canada, given the concentrated damage.

The widespread damage prompted the Ontario towns of Uxbridge, north of Toronto, and Clarence-Rockland, east of Ottawa, to declare states of emergency.

Sills said teams from the project have gone to the Uxbridge area as well as to southern Ottawa over suspicions that they could have been hit by tornadoes or elevated winds.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 23, 2022.

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