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Toronto under wind warning with residents told power outages possible on Sunday

Environment Canada issues special weather statement for Toronto | News

While most customers had their power restored by 10 a.m., Hydro One said the outages were caused by a severe windstorm that has been tearing through the area since Sunday afternoon.

A wind storm that swept through swaths of southern and central Ontario has left hundreds of thousands of residents without power.

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.

The wind will slowly ease Sunday night into Monday morning.

A special weather statement in effect for Mississauga.

The national forecaster warned wind gusts could reach 90 kilometres per hour or more.

Grey-Bruce was at the northern fringe of the squall line, with the much of the high winds hitting the area after the line of squalls had passed, Kimbell said.

Hydro One crews have been on the job since Sunday repairing downed wires and transmitters.

They say power outages are possible as is damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows.

Halton and Peel regions are also under a wind warning. Strong winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.