The worst of the extreme wind is over in Toronto, but it appears that it's still causing damage in several parts of the city this morning. Toronto Police announced several road closures right at the peak of Monday morning rush hour. The reasons for the shutdowns include falling sheets of glass, wood hanging from a building, a tree toppling over a wire, and a major collision. Police are calling each of these a safety hazard and traffic has come to a halt in the surrounding areas.
The first closure was announced by Toronto Police at just before 7:30 AM Monday morning. A piece of wood was reportedly ready to fall from the top of a building in the Wellesley St. West and Bay St. area. "Employees are attempting to secure it and require the road to be closed off temporarily", police wrote on Twitter. The roads have since reopened.
Only a few minutes later, police forced a shutdown of westbound King Street at Bathurst Street due to a collision. A vehicle collided into a storefront at Tecumseth Street, resulting in non-life threatening injury. The streetcar lane remains open, but the roads remain closed. Photos of the damage can be seen below.
SUV into kebab shop at King and Tecumseth. Tow truck about to remove the vehicle. Driver of the suv says she doesn’t remember what happened - just recalls losing control and slamming into the store. No serious injuries. @CityNews pic.twitter.com/OKusylYdFG— Tammie Sutherland (@citytammie) February 25, 2019
Another closure announcement quickly followed. This time, at Dundas Street East and Victoria - one of the busiest areas in the city, steps away from Yonge-Dundas Square and the Ryerson University campus. The nature of the closure is due to "falling glass from a building", Toronto Police reported at 7:39 AM Monday morning.
The latest closure is affecting the Strathern Blvd. and Spadina St. area, near Forest Hill. A tree has fallen on a wire, landing across the sidewalk and roadway. Police urge drivers and pedestrians to avoid the area entirely until Hydro takes care of the situation.
Hazard #GO353319— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) February 25, 2019
Strathern Blvd/ Spadina Rd
- tree has fallen on a wire
- wire is across the sidewalk and roadway
Road is completely blocked off, till Hydro attends
Avoid area ^js
Hazard #GO353470— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) February 25, 2019
Dundas St E/Victoria St
- glass falling from a building
- no injuries reported
- avoid area ^js
Hazard #GO353381— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) February 25, 2019
Wellesley St W/Bay St
- piece of wood may fall from the top of a building
- employee's are attempting to secure it, and require the road to be closed off temporarily
Avoid area ^js
Meanwhile, other parts of the GTA continue to experience "whiteout" conditions, as blowing snow mixed with severe wind gusts have reduced visibility almost entirely on some major roads.
Environment Canada's blowing snow advisory remains in effect Monday morning. Toronto's Medical Officer of Health has also thrown an extreme cold weather alert into the mix. Stay safe (and warm) out there.