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A car sits crushed with a tree on top of it yesterday on Markham Street in Toronto after high winds blew into the area. The winds, gusting up to 100 kilometres per hour at times, toppled trees and caused power outages.

Winds gusting more than 100 km/h toppled trees, caused power outages and delayed travel for rail commuters yesterday. The winds also forced the closing of a large section of the downtown core for fear of falling signs.

Calls came in to police around 6 p.m. that the CIBC marquee atop Commerce Court, the bank’s headquarters in the financial district, had been damaged by the heavy winds, causing debris to plummet 58 storeys.

Police closed the area from Adelaide to Front streets and from York to Yonge streets as emergency crews helped control pedestrian travel and reroute TTC traffic.

GO commuters faced delays because of debris blowing onto the tracks of the Lakeshore line.

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