Toronto weather: Power restored after high winds knock out hydro lines

Toronto Hydro has restored power to 2,900 customers in Etobicoke who were left in the dark Sunday after powerful winds knocked down a large tree, which in turn damaged hydro lines.

Winds exceeding 80 km/h roared off Lake Ontario Sunday afternoon

The winds caused branches on trees throughout the city to come down. No injuries to people were reported, according to police. (Michael Cole/CBC)

A few thousand people in Toronto lost their electricity Sunday after a winter storm brought powerful winds roaring through the city, but power has since been restored. 

According to Toronto Hydro, about 2,900 customers in the Mimico area of Etobicoke were in the dark for several hours due to a "very large" downed tree on Lake Shore Boulevard that struck power lines.

The outage extended from Lake Shore to the Gardiner Expressway in the north, and from Park Lawn to Royal York road east to west.

Forestry crews were called to the scene to remove the tree, paving the way for hydro workers to restore power to the area.

There were also several hundred customers without electricity in North York, in the area of Weston Road and Wilson Avenue, in an outage, also caused by a downed tree, that lasted several hours. 

Strong winds of more than 80 km/h blew through the city Sunday afternoon, accompanied by rain that turned to snow as temperatures dropped. 


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