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Damaging winds whip across Ontario

Staff writers

April 17, 2012 — Powerful winds roared across Ontario on Monday, resulting in property damage and power outages.

Peak wind gusts across Ontario on Monday
Peak wind gusts across Ontario on Monday

Environment Canada issued a wind warning for large sections of southern Ontario Monday, including the city of Toronto.

"We had winds gusting to 90 km/h in province along a cold front," says Elena Lappo, a meteorologist at The Weather Network. "In fact, gusts of close to 100 km/h were recorded in the London area."

At one point, the warning stretched from the London to the Ottawa area and north to the Muskoka region. 

Peak wind gusts reached 96 km/h at the London airport, 95 km/h at Borden, 93 km/h in Waterloo and 80 km/h at Pearson International Airport in Toronto.

Hydro lines were brought down in several communities leaving hundreds of people without power at the height of the storm.

Tree smashes through a Milton fire truck
Tree smashes through a Milton fire truck

In some parts of Ontario, the winds were strong enough to pick up dirt and sand.

Farming areas were left in a cloud of dirt, and at one point a wall of dirt pushed across Highway 400. The strong winds even blew over a transport truck on Highway 400 near Bradford.

Drivers were being reminded to hold on tightly to the wheel of their car, especially on bridges or overpasses.

A crew of firefighters in Milton were lucky to escape serious injuries after a falling tree smashed the windshield of their truck. 

The crew had responded to a call in Campbellville and was returning to their hall when the tree came crashing down. One branch landed only inches from the firefighter that was driving.

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