Strong winds cause power outages, property damage
The strong winds on Wednesday caused problems throughout Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent, from downed hydro lines to property damage.
EnWin says the winds, which reached speeds between 90 km/h and 100 km/h, caused problems with the company's local distribution system and Hydro One's transmission system.
In fact, Hydro One's website says some residents in Essex County may have to wait until 8 p.m. and even 11 p.m. on Thursday before electricity is fully restored.
Some residents in Chatham-Kent will also spend the night without power, but the Hydro One website says electricity should be restored by 8 a.m. on Thursday.
Trees and hydro lines were knocked down in many areas of the region. A link in this story shows wear there are hydro issues.
Some homes and buildings also sustained roof damage.
The wind even caused some traffic signals to turn on their mountings, many lights at intersections flashed during the height of the storm.
Hydro poles and wires were down on Morse Road, north of Highway 3 in Leamington. as well as on a section of Malden Road in LaSalle.
Chatham-Kent OPP closed the westbound lanes of Highway 401 near Ridgetown for seven-and-a-half hours due to a snapped hydro pole and downed electrical wires. The section of the highway re-opened around 9:40 p.m. Wednesday.
Chatham-Kent Fire & Emergency Services say crews were dispatched to more than 20 calls in a two-hour period on Wednesday afternoon. The calls involved multiple collisions and downed power lines across the municipality.
Fortunately, there have been no reports of any serious injuries.
A trailer also blew onto its side and caused delays in U-S bound lanes on the Ambassador Bridge.
Provincial police also closed the Burlington Skyway in both directions due to high winds.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says the wind toppled a transport truck on the bridge. The truck was empty and no injuries have been reported.
The high winds prompted the Essex Region Conservation Authority to issue a flood watch.
Officials are warning of possible flooding, shoreline erosion and damaging winds.
The areas most at risk include the west side of Pelee Island, Point Pelee as well as in Leamington.
The advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m. on Thursday.