90 km/h winds expected in Hamilton area Sunday: Environment Canada
Ontario Provincial Police say strong winds are likely to blame for the flipped transport truck that blocked lanes on the Burlington Skyway QEW on Sunday.
Police issued a tweet at 10:51 a.m. when only the Niagara-bound lanes were closed. At roughly 1 p.m., police tweeted that both directions are closed.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said while the tractor trailer had blocked off all lanes, no injuries were reported.
“I expect that area will be closed for some time … for now, Eastport Drive is the way to get across the Burlington bay,” he said.
In an update just before 4:30 p.m. Sunday, OPP said all lanes of the QEW had been cleared and the Skyway had reopened.
Wind warning and power outages
Environment Canada had issued a wind warning for Hamilton, Brant, Burlington, Haldimand, Norfolk and Niagara as the regions are expected to see winds between 90 and 110 km/h Sunday morning and afternoon.
The national weather agency said Hamilton, Burlington and Brant could see winds between 90 and 100 km/h while Haldimand, Norfolk and Niagara could see winds between 100 and 110 km/h.
“Strong southwest winds will develop this morning or early this afternoon ahead of a cold front moving through southern Ontario,” read the warning.
“Isolated thunderstorms are possible along this cold front.”
Alectra Utilities reported numerous power outages on Sunday, the largest being in Stoney Creek, with roughly 3,978 homes and businesses affected at 3:16 p.m.
The wind will subside in the evening, according to Environment Canada.