Sandy Causes Widespread Outages
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:44 PMby
Over 20,000 people were in the dark after superstorm lands ashore
Our region is still recovering after the shock of a brutal wind storm.
The effects of superstorm Sandy were felt in the Grey, Bruce, Huron and Simcoe area with winds Monday night and early Tuesday morning that downed trees and knocked out power to 20 thousand Hydro One customers at the apex of the storm.
During Monday night's storm, it was deemed too dangerous for Hydro One crews to be out, so they were dispatched early Tuesday morning to begin assessing damages.
Sandy hit the New Jersey coast Monday night with winds up to 130 kilometres an hour.
Eastern Toronto was hit hard -- with Toronto Hydro saying that about 50-thousand customers are without power in the city.
Wilson says the trees in our area have root systems that have grown to withstand the typical strong southwest winds we get -- but they are not accustomed to these northeast winds with gusts this powerful.
Wilson says although the storm is weakening, it is a very large and powerful storm, blanketing a large area and not moving quickly.
Bill VanWyck operates a weather station at the Hibou Conservation Area just north of Owen Sound and has recorded statistics from the storm.
The largest gust of the storm was at 11:31 PM Monday night at 83.7 km/h and it was the highest ever recorded at the station since its inception in 2005.
The highest 10-minute average windspeed of the storm was 61.4 km/h.
Wind: E 8 km/h
Date: 1:00 PM EDT Wednesday 22 May 2013
EARLY FOG PATCHES, AND SOME SUNNY PERIODS, THEN CLOUDY WITH SCATTERED SHOWERS AND A CHANCE OF SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS -- WATCHES AND WARNINGS LIKELY AGAIN THIS AFTERNOON.
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