May 4th Wind Storm

It Was a Wild and Windy Night

May the 4th be with you indeed!

It was a wild and windy night.

That sounds like the opening of your favourite suspense novel but in reality it best described the evening of Friday May 4th in Collingwood and throughout the entire province.

Environment Canada issued a Wind Warning for Collingwood, predicting wind gusts of up to 110 km/h in the wake of a cold front moving through the area.

“Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.”

They got it right.

Collus reported numerous power outages, the most significant area hit hard being Stayner where approximately 400 customers were in the dark for a big part of Friday evening. Collus did a great job keeping residents up-to-date on problem areas and work being done to restore power via numerous tweets.

“We are experiencing a number of power outages due to high winds mainly in the Stayner area. Crews have been dispatch to work on the restoration process. High winds in the area. If you see wires down, stay at least 10 metres back (length of a school bus) and report it to 705-445-1800 or 911. Thanks!”

Similarly, the Ontario Provincial Police detachments throughout the region were kept busy responding to many weather related calls.

“ADVISORY: #OPP is receiving an extremely high volume of phone calls due to the weather regarding downed hydro lines, downed trees and roads being closed or blocked. Please choose alternate routes, stay off the roads and only call 911 in case of an emergency.”

In Orillia, a group of young people ran into trouble when severe weather moved in.

“18 persons rescued from Lake Simcoe safely. Big thanks to Orillia OPP members, OPP Marine Unit, OPP Hlicopter ,EMS , Fire and all the first responders.”

Thankfully everyone was rescued and no injuries were reported.

High winds brought down branches which in turn brought down wires in front of a Minnesota Street residence

On Maple Street, strong wind gusts ripped eavestrough and some shingles off a house

On 4th Street, a small tree was ripped out of the ground, roots and all, in a severe wind gust.

On Beech Street, a large evergreen was snapped in half in the high winds

Collus crews were forced to create a temporary fix to restore power in the west-end of collingwood when a hydro pole snapped close to the Journey’s Blend Coffee Shop.

High winds in Collingwood’s inner-harbour caused high waves and created havoc with tarps that were still supposed to be covering boats at the Collingwood Yacht Club

Waves at Sunset Point were crashing into the rocks at the height of Friday night’s storm

To the south of us, the storm hit harder.

Sadly, one man was killed and a second was critically injured after being struck by a fallen tree in Halton Hills. That region was experiencing powerful winds that at times approached 100 km/h.

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In Toronto, subway and Go Train service was interrupted and flights from both airports were delayed because of the high winds and rain.

A large hail storm rolled through Newmarket on Friday afternoon accompanied by high winds.

To the north, numerous power outages were reported in Muskoka, impacting thousands of customers.

Cleanup continued on Saturday morning. Crews were called to Market Lane near Ste. Marie Street to remove downed branches from Friday night’s wind storm.

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