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Environment Canada advises of more high winds for Kingston and the area

A tree is blown by strong winds. Photo by Khamkéo Vilaysing.

Update (Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 at 9:15 a.m.)

Environment Canada has expanded on this special weather statement for Kingston and the area, noting that “a Colorado Low moving through Ontario today will bring strong winds throughout most of northeastern and southern Ontario.”

The strong winds will begin in the area in the afternoon, and continue through the evening, the national weather network said, with “strong southeasternly winds gusting between 70 and 80 km/h.”

Environment Canada cautioned that the high winds may toss large objects and cause tree branches to break, and could lead to utility outages.

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Just days after the Kingston region suffered downed trees, arching powerlines, and electricity outages due to a windstorm, more high and potentially-damaging winds are in the forecast.

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Kingston area, advising of strong winds in the forecast for the evening of Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021.

Issued at 3:18 on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, the special weather statement is in effect for the Kingston, Odessa, Frontenac Islands, Napanee, Consecon, Picton, and Sandbanks Park areas.

“Strong southwesterly winds gusting to 70 to 80 km/h are forecast to develop late Thursday afternoon. These strong winds will continue into Thursday evening before weakening Thursday night,” Environment Canada said.

“These high winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break. Local power outages are also possible.”

The windstorm that swept through Kingston and the area on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, reached maximum reported windspeeds of 110 km/h.

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