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Gusty winds whip across Ontario

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

November 17, 2010 — Strong winds whipped into southern Ontario Wednesday leaving some communities without power.

Wind gusts felt in Ontario Wednesday
Wind gusts felt in Ontario Wednesday

The heavy rain that pounded southern Ontario on Tuesday started to taper by Wednesday morning. But the strong winds that picked up behind the rain helped to make for another stormy day.

Blue boxes and garbage bags were seen flying in some communities including Hamilton and Kingston as winds gusted to 60 km/h. In Toronto gusts clocked in at nearly 80 km/h during the afternoon hours, but the most impressive gust however, was felt at Point Petre when winds reach 91 km/h.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement ahead of the storm stating that the winds would be strong enough to bring down some large tree limbs and perhaps cause some localized power outages.

Crews restore power in Ontario Wednesday
Crews restore power in Ontario Wednesday

Danniele Gauvin is a spokesperson for Hydro One. She says they were prepared for the stormy conditions.

“On windy days, or during any stormy weather, our crews are ready to go out there 24/7,” says Gauvin.

“We can call on trained staff from all over the province. If there's a storm, do call in and let us know that there's an outage in your area. We may know about it already, but it is very helpful when homeowners, if they see a dangling wire or a tree on the line, call us and let us know about it.”

The winds will continue to ease through the overnight hours on Wednesday with a chance for some lingering showers on Thursday.

To stay up-to-date on the current weather conditions, be sure to check your local forecast.

With files from Lyndsay Morrison

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