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High winds knock down power lines across the GTA

Last Updated Jan 11, 2017 at 7:49 am EST

A swing stage got loose near Yonge and Bloor streets, breaking glass on a balcony on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

The wind warnings have been cancelled but not before they whipped up garbage cans and blew down power lines in southern Ontario, including the GTA.

Across Ontario, Hydro One crews worked to restore power to 59,000 customers across the region.

The high winds caused a few power outages across Toronto, affecting a few hundred customers.

At one point, around 1,500 customers were without power in Vaughan in an area bounded by Major MacKenzie Drive, Keele Street, Dufferin Street and Teston Road. Power has since been restored to the area.

Meanwhile, in Brampton, the high winds knocked out power to more than 2,700 customers in the area. Power has been restored to most customers in the area.

Power was also out to several customers in the Stouffville-Uxbridge area but has since been restored.

Wind gusts of around 100 km/h brought down tree branches in several locations including damaging a car near Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East. The intersection of Finch and Driftwood avenues was also blocked because of downed wires.

Traffic and street lights are damaged due to high winds in Toronto on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
Traffic and street lights are damaged due to high winds in Toronto on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

 

A tree falls onto a car at Alanbury Crescent and Chestermere Boulevard, near Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East, on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
A tree falls onto a car at Alanbury Crescent and Chestermere Boulevard, near Markham Road and Eglinton Avenue East, on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

 

In downtown Toronto, construction material collapsed at King and John Streets, scattering debris on the roadway and sidewalk. And a few blocks east of Yonge and Bloor streets a swing stage got loose, breaking glass on a balcony.

Construction material collapses at King and John streets scattering debris on the roadway and sidewalk on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
Construction material collapses at King and John streets scattering debris on the roadway and sidewalk on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

 

A swing stage got loose near Yonge and Bloor streets, breaking glass on a balcony on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy
A swing stage got loose near Yonge and Bloor streets, breaking glass on a balcony on Jan. 11, 2017. CITYNEWS/Bertram Dandy

 

While the high winds kept cleanup crews busy, there were no reports of any injuries.

Although the wind warnings have since ended for the GTA, 680 NEWS meteorologist Jill Taylor said it will still be breezy on Wednesday with 40-50 km/h winds and higher gusts. She said the wind will diminish in the afternoon.

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