Wind Storm Causes Major Damage to Apartment Building

Power across our region has now been restored following Wednesday's wild wind storm.

Kingston and the surrounding areas are still recovering from storm that brought wind gusts of nearly 90 kilometres per hour, according to Environment Canada.

More than a thousand Hydro One Customers were still without power Thursday morning, but all power was restored by 4:00 p.m.

The outages led to a couple of school closures in the area; Frontenac Secondary and Module Acadie, as well as Southview Public School in Napanee were all closed Thursday, due to a lack of power and heat.

The lights may be back on but 80 tenants at 385 Division Street will be out of their homes for at least the next few days, and some may not be able to return for a month, until repairs are complete.

Part of the roof of the apartment building was severely damaged by high winds.

Tenants were evacuated, but no injuries were reported.

Residents were kept warm in Kingston Transit buses before going to overnight accommodations.

The building has been deemed unsafe by the city due to the instability of some external brick.

At its peak,  the storm knocked out power to more than 5,000 Utilities Kingston customers, but staff with the utility company say all power was restored by 6:00 p.m.