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Residents urged to exercise caution during extreme weather event (Wind)

Posted on Wednesday March 08, 2017

With Environment Canada issuing a special weather statement warning and strong winds gusting more than 90 km/hour today, residents are urged to exercise caution and be conscious of their surroundings.

Winds at such a rate may be strong enough to cause tree and/or building damage. Kitchener’s City Hall has sustained some damage to glass panels in the Berlin Tower of City Hall. As a precaution, some publicly accessible exterior spaces around City Hall have been barricaded, and citizens are advised to exercise caution when entering and exiting City Hall until the weather event has ended.

Additionally, local power outages are also possible, and driving conditions may be difficult due to strong and gusty winds.

TIPS FOR SAFETY DURING EXTREME WIND EVENTS:

  • Stay away from trees and trails
  • Stay away from downed hydro wires and call 9-1-1 and KW Hydro 519-575-4771. Be extra cautious if you go outside to inspect for damage on your property. Downed or hanging electrical wires can be hidden trees or debris, and could be live. Never attempt to touch or moved downed lines. Keep children and pets away from them.
  • Be conscious around buildings and aware of your surroundings; be aware of the possibility of falling debris.
  • On your own property, scan for and remove any items that are easily movable and have the ability to cause damage (e.g. garbage cans, lawn furniture, antennae).
  • Park vehicles in protected areas if possible; away from trees, etc.

For more tips on emergency preparedness – including how to stay safe during any weather event, visit www.wrem.ca

 

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