Lightning sets fire to 2 homes after severe weather

Severe storms passed through eastern Ontario and western Quebec Monday with heavy winds, hail and lightning causing damage and knocking out power for thousands.

Storm moved quickly east at about 50 km/h

This photo shows the amount of hail that fell in Aylmer, Que., on Monday, as demonstrated by resident Anne Maloney. (Photo courtesy of Anne Maloney)

Lightning damaged two homes in Ottawa and 12,000 people lost their power after heavy storms passed through the Ottawa-Gatineau region Monday evening.

The system moved across central Ontario, through Kingston, Brockville and Perth, then along the Ottawa River.

CBC Ottawa weather specialist Teri Loretto said the storm moved very quickly east at about 50 kilometres per hour.

Lightning, heavy rain, heavy winds and hail were all reported. Two fires were started due to lightning strikes, firefighters said.

There was also a leak reported at the Rideau Centre mall after the heavy rain.

Loretto said the system had passed through eastern Ontario and western Quebec by midnight.

Some weather watchers also told Loretto they saw hail in the western parts of Ottawa and in Aylmer, Que.