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Gusts knock trees, wires down, cause power outages

Gusts of up to 100 kmh forecast for yesterday by Environment Canada, brought down trees and wires and caused power outages across Durham late into last night.

Environment Canada said strong winds developed in behind a cold front that is currently sweeping through southern Ontario. It warned of utility outages, damage to buildings such as to roof shingles and windows, tree branches to break and difficult driving conditions.

City of Pickering late last night reported : “Current weather conditions have resulted in some fallen trees and power outages”.

Elexicon Energy was monitoring the situation and investigating the outages.

There was a tree and wire down on 5th Concession, east of Salem Road. Police were on scene.

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Pickering also reported another tree down on Greenwood Road, blocking the entire roadway.

Even animals were disturbed by the high winds and caused power outages. Elexicon Energy said one of the power outages was “due to animal Interference” in Ajax.

GO Transit was also impacted. “There is severe weather that is causing delays and possible GO train cancellations on multiple corridors. Our maintenance staff are working to ensure a safe commute”.

Oshawa Power too reported several outages.

Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) reminded the public to treat all intersections as 4-way stops when lights are out or flashing.

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