London weather: High winds topple trees, take out some power lines

Trees were toppled and power lines downed in London Sunday afternoon as the sudden arrival of a cold front delivered wind gusts that topped 100 km/h.

Scott Orme said he was inside his home at 70Byron Ave.E. when a large silver maple tree on his front lawn toppled onto his home - informed

“I heard a big crack from outside, and I immediately kind of knew what it was, then a big bang and it hit the house.”

Orme said the neighbours contacted the city a couple of months ago because they were concerned about the tree’s stability.

Environment Canada issued a severe wind warning about 2:25p.m. after reports that wind gusts had reached triple digits at London International Airport.

“The London Airport reported a gust to 104km/h,” Environment Canada wrote. “Damage to buildings, such as to roof shingles and windows, may occur. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.”

Damage was evident in tweeted photos of London that showed large trees felled by the wind. There also were reports of power losses as fallen trees and limbs knocked down power lines.

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