Thousands left powerless

The Canadian Press

Large swaths of southern and central Ontario were thrust into a wind storm Sunday that left hundreds of thousands of residents without power in the evening.

Hydro One said it was working to restore electricity to more than 230,000 clients, while Toronto Hydro reported an outage affecting thousands more.

Environment Canada placed a stretch of southern Ontario spanning from Windsor to Kingston under a wind warning in the midafternoon, which remained in place into the evening.

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

Peel Regional Police said crews were out fixing downed power lines west of Toronto in the early evening, while Windsor police reported several residents were left in the dark.

Halton police, meanwhile, said dispatchers received reports of trees downed on roadways in more than 30 locations in the course of 90 minutes.

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