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Downed wires, trees across Windsor region in wind storm


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Windsor and Essex County had to batten down the hatches Saturday.

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Emergency crews responded across the region Saturday as a wind storm shook the region. Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Windsor, Leamington and Essex County, noting gusts could reach as high as 100 kilometres per hour until late Saturday evening.

Windsor fire crews were out across the city responding to downed trees and downed hydro lines, said acting chief fire prevention officer Mike Coste.

“When you’re driving, you have to make sure you drive properly and with this kind of weather make sure everything is secure, garbage cans, recycling bins,” Coste said. “Make sure you’re aware of your surroundings on a day like today.”

A tree fell onto a townhouse on Columbia Court in Windsor during a windstorm Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
A tree fell onto a townhouse on Columbia Court in Windsor during a windstorm Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Power was out in parts of the city due to downed power lines and leaning or broken hydro poles. There were multiple reports of trees downed into buildings, and in one case, a commercial business sign that blew over onto a car.

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Coste said he wasn’t aware of any injuries associated with the incidents.

“If you   don’t know where your garbage can is, check your neighbour’s yard: it’s probably there,” Coste said.

A closeup shows damage after a tree fell onto a townhouse on Columbia Court in Windsor during a windstorm Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021.
A closeup shows damage after a tree fell onto a townhouse on Columbia Court in Windsor during a windstorm Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Enwin’s outage map reported power outages affecting several dozen customers in the South Cameron and South Windsor areas of the city. Estimated restoration time was later Saturday evening. Power was previously out and later restored in areas of South Central and South Walkerville.

The City of Windsor announced Bright Lights was cancelled for Saturday night out of “an abundance of caution” noting some of the displays were blowing over in the high winds.

The Town of LaSalle also announced the cancellation of its Holiday Lights event Saturday night.

ksaylors@postmedia.com



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