Storm updates

Suburbs

Update: Saturday, Feb. 23 - 4:10 p.m.

Cancellations and closures 

As of 4 p.m there are no cancellations or closures.

Wind warning in effect:

Very strong wind gusts near 110 kilometres per hour that may cause damage or power outages are expected Sunday morning into Sunday night. Damaging wind gusts may continue until Monday morning.

For updates and more information, visit Environment Canada's Waterloo-Wellington webpage.

How to stay safe:

  • Learn what to do if you experience a power outage
  • If you're using a generator as an alternative power source, make sure you follow these safety precautions
  • Build an emergency kit and have an emergency plan
  • Stay clear of fallen tree limbs and power lines
  • Avoid unnecessary travel
  • Drive according to road conditions
  • Call 9-1-1 if you or someone you know is hurt
  • Clear your sidewalks, driveway and stairs of snow and ice
  • During heavy winds, stay safe indoors and ensure loose objects outdoors are secured

During high wind events, it is important to watch for any debris that might become dangerous around you.  Try to stay inside, away from blowing trees and branches that might break due to the high wind gusts.  Place garbage cans, patio furniture, barbeques and other potentially wind-borne objects inside your home or garage.   In severe situations, stay away from windows in case debris breaks through or wind gusts break the glass.

If you're travelling and get stranded during a severe wind event, avoid taking shelter under a bridge or overpass, since winds are more intense there.   Should a power line fall on your vehicle, stay inside until help arrives. Only get out of your car if there is a fire hazard. If you must exit, jump clear of car - careful not to touch any of the metal frame- with both feet hitting the ground at the same time and shuffle away with your feet always touching the ground.

After the wind has subsided, make sure that your home is safe:

  • Check the roof
  • Check structures that might have been weakened, such as the shed.
  • Pick up debris scattered by the wind.
  • Never touch downed power lines or electrical installations. If you ever see a downed power line, stay at least 10 metres back and call 911 immediately; 

As always, keep informed by monitoring weather stations and information related to the severe weather event.  Responding quickly to warnings is the most important step in keeping people and property safe.

Who to contact:

  • To report downed/unsafe tree limbs, call City of Kitchener at 519-741-2345
  • To report power outages, call Kitchener Wilmot Hydro at 519-745-4771
  • To report downed power lines, call Waterloo Region Police Services at 911
  • To report loose or dangling traffic lights, call Region of Waterloo at 519-575-4400

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