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Calm After the Storm in Ontario

May 9, 2010 — Ontario spends chilly Mother's Day cleaning up from powerful windstorm.

Torontonians spent the coldest Mother's Day in five years cleaning up from Saturday's damaging winds that downed trees and snapped power lines across the region.

Hydro crews worked around the clock over the weekend to restore power to more than 10,000 customers in the city who lost power when branches fell on lines during an unusually strong spring storm.

The temperature in Toronto hovered around nine degrees on Sunday afternoon, well below average for this time of year, when it is usually 18 degrees.

But the winds died down because of a high pressure system that moved into the area.

On Saturday, winds gusted up to 100 kilometres per hour in some areas. Gusts of 107 kilometres per hour were recorded in Port Colborne, on Lake Erie, and in Baden, west of Kitchener. In Kitchener itself, the powerful winds knocked down a house under construction in a new subdivision.

The low pressure system brought thunder, lightning and heavy rains to southern Ontario on Friday and snow to Sudbury and other parts of northern Ontario over the weekend.

For example, seven centimetres of snow covered the ground in North Bay on Saturday, breaking the city's 33 year old snowfall record for May 8. Blowing snow was a problem on the roads.

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