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Broken tree limbs on a Toronto, ON street, after high winds from Hurricane Sandy hit downtown on Monday night. Photo <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/josephmorris/">Joseph Morris</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
Broken tree limbs on a Toronto, ON street, after high winds from Hurricane Sandy hit downtown on Monday night. Photo Joseph Morris, CC some rights reserved

As Sandy weakens Ontario expects moderate wind and rain

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Hurricane Sandy came ashore along the U.S. coast as a dangerous, powerful storm.

But by the time it is expected to cross into Canada later Wednesday, the much weaker system might only bring a few days of rain.

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UPDATE: The CBC reports a utility worker was electrocuted while repairing Sandy-related storm damage shortly after 10 this morning in Sarnia, Ontario.

Sandy spilled into Canada far ahead of its actual landfall in New Jersey. The immense size of this storm meant Sandy's fringe stretched from Southern Ontario into Nova Scotia.

At least one death in Canada is being blamed on Sandy when a woman was killed in Toronto Monday night after she was struck by a wind-blown sign.

The storm led to the cancellation of hundreds of flights in Canada. Most of those disruptions were the result of airports being shut down in affected U.S. cities. Travelers are still being advised to check ahead for possible flight delays or cancellations caused by the storm.

Approximately 200,000 residents of Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia lost power in widely-scattered outages on Monday, many of which were quickly repaired.

Apart from some trees brought down by strong winds, urban Ottawa was largely unaffected by Monday night's blustery weather. Local talk and news shows had so little home-town damage to discuss that most featured stories or interviews about Sandy's impact in the U.S.

Tuesday in Ottawa was unusually warm – with a high in the low 60s and a mix of sun and clouds.

Even though the remains of Sandy are heading in the direction of Ottawa, CTV Ottawa's weatherman, J.J. Clarke, had nothing scary to say: “So, showers in the forecast for the next couple of days and getting much cooler, might even mix with flurries by the time we get to Friday and 2 degrees [35 degrees Fahrenheit]. And then Friday and Saturday: brighter, drier.”

All Sandy is expected to do in the capital region now is make Halloween damp for trick or treaters.

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