The scene at around 3 p.m. Photo by Stephen Michalowicz/Torontoist.
A wind advisory warning from Environment Canada is in effect today, as winds up to eighty kilometres an hour have knocked down trees and power lines across the city.
Earlier today, those same winds brought debris from a 120-foot-tall tree down on the tracks between Islington and Kipling stations, shutting down service between the two stations at about 11:30 a.m. Shuttle buses have been deployed, as half a dozen TTC workers continue to try to remove the branches with the aid of chainsaws and a cherry picker.
We talked to the Chief Supervisor on site, and he told us that branches and smaller trees regularly fall on the tracks, but that he’d never seen one this big before. He told us earlier that he suspects it will still take until at least 5 p.m. to remove the debris—and for full service to resume. (And it may, in fact, take longer.) [ : Or perhaps not that long—the TTC just sent out a Service Alert stating that “the delay at Islington Station has cleared and full service has resumed.” Though there are now reports that another tree branch has felled service between Ossington and Keele.]