Potent Wind Storm in Toronto Sends Construction Debris Flying Off Condo Tower

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On Sunday evening, a powerful wind storm wreaked havoc across the Greater Toronto Area, toppling trees and knocking out power to thousands of people.

At its peak, Hydro One reported over 230,000 homes and businesses without power, with areas in southwestern Ontario the hardest hit.

During the storm, heavy rain, fierce winds, and severe thunderstorms whipped through much of southern Ontario, courtesy of a potent Colorado low with widespread impact felt right across the province.

The Weather Network reported record-breaking winds throughout the day, including a gust of 118 km/h at Toronto Island and an impressive 141 km/h gust in St. Catharines — which were both strong enough to set new all-time records for the month of November.

READ: Toronto Continues to Have Most Cranes of Any City in Canada or US

Here in Toronto, the gusts of wind were so powerful that they blew debris from high-up construction sites into the sky and, eventually, into buildings and onto the ground below.

A video shared on Reddit shows the wind sending pieces of foam insulation flying from the top of a condo building that’s currently under construction in the Yonge and Wellesley area.

One Reddit user confirmed that the building is located at 599 Yonge Street, which is the site of The Clover on Yonge — a mixed-use tower, that, when completed, will stand 44-storeys and house 528 residential units.

Heavy winds causing plywood to fly off a Yonge St. under-construction condo building from r/toronto

Here’s a closer look at the impacts from the potent storm that slammed southern Ontario on Sunday evening.

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