Strong winds cause power outages, road closures across city
Published Sunday, January 20, 2013 8:06AM EST
Last Updated Sunday, January 20, 2013 7:23PM EST
Hydro crews were working to restore power to residents who were still in the dark Sunday evening after Toronto was battered by high gusting winds.
Early Sunday, the city was under a wind warning with winds of 60 kilometres per hour and gusts of up to 90 kilometres per hour measured. The warning was lifted at 11:30 a.m.
At one point the winds caused power outages affecting up to 26,000 people across Ontario.
In Toronto, thousands of residents lost power, including 2,000 customers in the Leslieville area.
On Lewis Street, winds downed trees and power lines overnight.
Resident Peter Remus noticed the power go off around 3:30 a.m. Hours later, he was still without power, which meant he was unable to watch TV, charge his computer or brew a Sunday morning coffee.
“It’s sort of nice to have forced relaxation but hopefully it won’t go on much longer,” Remus said.
By mid-afternoon around 250 residents were still without power, Toronto Hydro said.
In other areas of the city, the wind knocked over recycling bins and newspaper stands.
The winds caused multiple road closures across the city, including a stretch of Rosedale Valley Road.
The road was closed between Bayview Avenue and Park Road after a large tree was knocked down.
Traffic on the road was diverted while crews worked to remove the tree.
A downed tree is shown on Rosedale Valley Road early Sunday morning. Heavy winds knocked down trees and power lines overnight. (Kyle Surowicz/CP24.com)