Thousands without power in Toronto as windstorm sweeps across city

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Thousands of people were left without power in the Greater Toronto Area on Sunday as a windstorm swept across the region.

Kaitlyn Woods, spokesperson for Toronto Hydro, said the utility is dealing with "multiple scattered outages" across Toronto.

"We are in the works of trying to determine how many customers are without power," Woods said.

Outages were also reported in other parts of the GTA including Mississauga, Brampton, Burlington. Milton, Halton Hills and Oakville.

On the Toronto Hydro outage map, the utility reported a large area without power, involving around 5,000 houses affected, in the East York area as of 8 p.m.

Toronto Hydro responded to the East York outage saying they are working to resolve the outage and hoping to have power restored by early morning Monday.

"We're responding to a large area outage affecting customers in & around the area of Mortimer south to Danforth & Greenwood east to Woodbine. Crews are on site making emergency repairs & hope to have power restored by early morning," Toronto Hydro said in a tweet.

Meanwhile in other parts of the province, Hydro One crews said there were more than 217,000 reports of power outages across the province, according to the website.

In a tweet, Hydro One said residents in the hardest hit areas will be left without power overnight.

The company said it was experiencing technical issues with its outage phone line Sunday. "Our team is investigating and working to resolve this issue as soon as possible," it said.

Toronto Police said they received calls about downed wires as a result of the wind, however there are no weather-related injuries reported in the region.

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Peel Regional Police said they dealt with several reports about traffic light outages, fallen trees, hydro wires and debris on the road as a result of the windstorm.

Shortly after 4 p.m., Peel police said sheets of drywall were blowing on a Highway 401 westbound ramp from Hurontario Street.

They said the sheets came from a construction site and were shortly strapped down after.

Other GTA police services, including Halton police, are also reporting similar incidents of hydro wires falling.

Toronto remains under wind warning

Environment Canada had issued a wind warning for Toronto on Saturday for Sunday, with the forecast calling strong winds throughout much of the day.

The federal agency said gusts of up to 90 km/h to 110 km/h were possible in the afternoon and evening.

A strengthening low pressure system was forecast to move across northeastern Ontario, bringing strong winds with gusts up to 90 km/h late Sunday afternoon.

The heavy winds are expected to ease Monday morning, Environment Canada said.

Environment Canada warned that damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, could occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.