If you live in Ontario you're going to want to hold onto your hat tomorrow. Environment Canada just officially issued severe wind warnings for all of Ontario. The weather alerts come one day before an intense wind storm is expected to sweep across the province tomorrow.
According to the warning for the City of Toronto, the winds are expected to start late Sunday morning and last all day possibly continuing on Monday. Strong gusts near 100 Km per hour are expected and in some places, the wind could reach up to 110 Km, specifically along the shores of Lake Ontario. They also warn that flurries could start up on Sunday evening.
The wind warning also mentions that these intense gusts have the potential for major damage. In their warning, Environment Canada says, "Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds."
Another risk Environment Canada points out is the risk for power outages across the province because of the wind. The chance of power outages tomorrow has been confirmed as well by Hydro One who say their outage forecast tool suggests there could be hundreds of outages tomorrow.
Hydro One said today that they are preparing their crews to quickly respond to any potential outages that could be caused by the intense, damaging winds tomorrow. Their crews are being moved into position to assess any damage and get power restored quickly.
The priority for Hydro One is restoring power to the largest number of people quickest, so if there are outages in major cities like Toronto these will likely be addressed first before outages in smaller, less populated towns.
Hydro One also has issued suggestions for Ontarians to stay safe during the wind storm tomorrow. They recommend creating an emergency kit with non-perishable food, water, flashlights, a wind-up radio, extra batteries and a power bank, among other items.
They also say that if there are any downed power lines that people should stay at least 10 meters away from them and call police or report it directly to Hydro One.
Environment Canada only issues wind warnings when there is a big potential for damage. The warnings cover all of almost all of Southern Ontario while there are also freezing rain warnings in effect in some places. Full on winter storm and blizzard warnings are in place for Northern Ontario.
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