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Vicious winds and rain hit southern Ontario


The Canadian Press

October 30, 2012 — The destructive post-tropical storm walloped parts of Ontario with strong winds and heavy rain.

Although Toronto was one of the worst-hit regions, cities as far as Sudbury and beyond reported structural damage from the storm's punishing winds.
Although Toronto was one of the worst-hit regions, cities as far as Sudbury and beyond reported structural damage from the storm's punishing winds.

Post-tropical storm Sandy has continued to weaken as it passes inland.

In southern Ontario, the storm's effects were responsible for at least one fatality: A woman who was struck by a sign in Toronto on Monday night.

The strongest winds -- gusting past the 90-km/h mark in some places -- were responsible for knocking out power to more than 150,000 customers across southern Ontario at the storm's height.

By 6 p.m. Tuesday night, Hydro One was reporting a little under 20,000 customers still in the dark. In Toronto, around 10,000 were still without power by the early evening.

The lack of electricity forced the closure of more than a dozen Toronto schools for the day.

Although the winds throughout Tuesday were not as severe,  on Monday night they were definitely blustery.

The strongest gusts were recorded on Western Island in Georgian Bay, at around 106 km/h.


The remnants of Sandy could trigger some snowfalls in northern Ontario into Wednesday.
The remnants of Sandy could trigger some snowfalls in northern Ontario into Wednesday.

Toronto Island recorded gusts of up to 91 km/h.

The strong winds disrupted travel throughout the region. Roughly a quarter of all flights into and out of Pearson airport were cancelled, particularly flights to the U.S., where all three of New York's major airports were closed.

Also in Toronto, downed trees and hydro lines caused disruption along some Toronto Transit Commission routes.

The remnants of Sandy will continue to bring on-and-off showers to southern Ontario for much of the rest of the week, although amounts are not expected to be significant.

In the north of the province, the system may also bring some snow, with the largest amounts likely to fall around the Kapuskasing area.

Keep an eye on your local forecast for what Sandy's remnants are bringing to your area.

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