THUNDER BAY – Hurricane Sandy and the impact of wind and rains have caused the death of one Toronto resident. A woman in the city was hit and died of her injuries when she was hit by a sign that was blowing in the strong winds in the city.
Environment Canada reports “Very strong winds associated with post tropical storm Sandy have already been reported in a number of locales across Southern Ontario
last night and early this morning. A wind warning for the Sarnia-Lambton region will likely be ended later this morning as Sandy weakens and winds slowly diminish”.
For Northern Ontario, the threat is of snow, as Northeastern Ontario will be impacted. Environment Canada reports, “An area of snow associated with post tropical storm Sandy is pushing westward into Northeastern Ontario. The snow will likely become mixed with ice pellets today and continue into tonight. There is also a risk of freezing rain this morning and again tonight into Wednesday for portions of the above regions”.
2 to 5 centimeters of snow and ice pellets are expected, with locally higher amounts of up to 10 centimeters possible. Accumulations in areas that receive a higher proportion of ice pellets will be reduced. Brisk northerly winds are also expected to accompany the precipitation with gusts to 60 km/h likely.
There are quite a few power outages reported by Hydro One, as well as reports of downed trees and tree limbs in the Toronto area early this morning.