Strong winds wreaked havoc in the Greater Toronto Area on Sunday, toppling trees and cutting power to thousands of people.
Toronto and surrounding areas remained under a windy warning as a cold front passed through the area.
The Canadian Environment Ministry said in its advisory that it expects the system to cause damaging winds of up to 90 to 110 kilometers per hour.
Toronto Hydro reported sporadic outages across the city as a result of wind blows in power lines.
As of Monday morning, most of the 300 or so customers who remained without electricity have been in East York and Scarborough
Hydro One, which serves residents outside the GTA, said more than 217,000 customers were without electricity as of 5:45 p.m.
Toronto Fire Department Chief Matthew Page said firefighters heeded many calls to rescue elevators and knocked down water wires on Sunday afternoon.
“This is normal for us when we see wind speed, and certainly winds blowing as we see it now,” Big said.
“Anytime the wind rises this high, the storm speeds up. We deal with many different accidents”
While it was a busy and draining day, Pegg said fire crews would keep working all night
“Our crews are forever moving around the city in a dynamic deployment model in response to the location of the scale of the accident,” he said
Some CP24 viewers sent photos of the storm damage blowing gusty winds on rooftops, backyard fences, trampoline and gazebo
Sukhraj Hundal said he arrived at his home in Brampton around 2:30 p.m. when he heard a crash in the backyard
“I went back, looked and went (the gazebo) off the deck,” Hondal said, adding that the hull weighs about 1,000 pounds.
He said that even with four people carrying it, they would only be able to move the tree a few inches
“I was very surprised we have had some heavy winds this summer, and it clearly hasn’t moved much”
“They bore the brunt of it. I would say we heard it kind of falling off the deck, while they heard it crashing into their house, and it’s clearly much worse”
High winds have also caused some fiberglass sandwich panels to fly off a building under construction in downtown Toronto.
Here’s our look before landing a gigantic hunk on our balcony – where our 2-year-old was playing a few hours ago.
The weather system has also caused a headache for many motorists. GTA Police Services have reported that deciduous trees and debris block roads
In Caledon, the tractor trailer laden with gingerbread houses was no match for strong winds as it crashed on Highway 10
A tractor trailer loaded with gingerbread houses was blown up by a windstorm on # Hwy10 in YourCaledon earlier today. Driver was slightly injured. # Hwy10 was closed briefly, but has since reopened #DriveSafe #CaledonOPP ^ in pic.twitter.com / eMzlbRIl1I
Bell Police said the winds caused a heating and air conditioning unit to fall off the roof of a warehouse in Mississauga.
The high winds also displaced the traffic lights at the intersection of East Derry Road and Tomkin Road
Strong winds throw building materials such as drywall panels and cones onto the road by strong winds, causing traffic delays.
Speaking to CP24 Sunday afternoon, Const Achilles Mokin said they have responded to numerous weather-related calls across the Bell area
“Chaos is the word I would use to describe what is happening on the roads now with wind damage”
At some intersections where traffic lights were off, the police urged drivers to treat it as an all-around stop
“The weather is definitely causing some problems for pedestrian motorists out there,” Mocken said
“Therefore, if you do not need to travel, either by car or on foot, we encourage you to stay home”
Environment Canada said the winds are expected to subside late Sunday night, and conditions will improve by Monday morning.
The weather will be mainly cloudy on Mondays with a 30% chance of rain or showers. The altitude will be 5 ° C.
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