The huge storm system covering PA, NY and Ontario started last night and sustained until about 8pm EST. This video was filmed in Port Dalhousie, Ontario. 70kmh with gusts up to 110 kmh.
from the Toronto Star;High winds and rain whipped around the GTA Saturday, taking trees and rooftops along for the ride.
Environment Canada issued a wind warning, with sharp blasts reaching 100 km/h in the Lake Erie area.
“Winds are 60 km/h gusting to 90 km/h in the GTA,” said Rob Kuhn, a severe weather meteorologist from Environment Canada.
“It’s a battle of cold air from the north and warm air from the south, and the cold air blasting back from the Arctic is winning.”
Typical of this weather is structural damage, such as the plastic rooftop stripped off of a bus shelter in the Don Mills Rd. and Overlea Blvd. area.
The unseasonably strong spring system also uprooted trees and debris onto subway tracks, halting service between Kipling and Islington stations, Jane and Ossington, and the Bloor-Danforth line.
Hydro crews were occupied all evening attending calls for wires brought down by high winds, said Thelma Hatzis, spokesperson for Toronto Hydro.
Sparks from one loose wire set a tree on fire in the area of Dupont St & Albany Ave.
Pockets of the city were affected, leaving approximately 10,000 customers out of power.
Though Kuhn says that wet flurries are a possibility during the overnight, winds should calm to a breeze by Sunday morning, with a hope of sun in the afternoon.
Wind gusts reached 100 km/hr in the Lake Erie area and 102 km/hr in the Waterloo region.
The wild winds snapped trees in half, crushing vehicles in Chatham.
“These kind of winds will cause serious damage if they last long enough,” said Kuhn, estimating the wind in Chatham must have reached about 90 km/hr to do such damage.
Cold air to the north also gave Sudbury a heavy heap of snow. North Bay also saw a dusting, and Waterloo experienced wet flurries.
“With warm air all over states, the two air masses collided and the battle ground was over southern Ontario and the cold air is winning the battle so it’s coming in with vengeance,” said Kuhn, explaining the flurries in the south.
Sudbury and North Bay had a snowfall warning in effect, with up to 15 cm expected to fall.
“A white Mother’s Day for some of those folks,” said Kuhn, as he described the images coming into Environment Canada as a “winter wonderland.”
After the warmest April in Toronto’s history, Kuhn said it may be a shock to the system with temperatures expected to dip Saturday night to 0 degrees.
While spring does have the big swings in temperature, Kuhn said Saturday’s wind storm was uncommon.
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