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A large tree fell on several parked cars in Toronto on Lynd Avenue near Grenadier Road during a heavy wind storm overnight.JOHN HANLEY/The Globe and Mail

Wind warnings have ended but the cleanup has just begun after extreme winds swept through Southern Ontario and parts of Quebec overnight.

Strong winds downed trees and hydro lines, knocking out power to thousands of residents in both provinces.

Hydro One said Tuesday morning on Twitter that about 700 outages were affecting an estimated 71,000 customers across the province. In Toronto, about 4,000 customers were in the dark this morning. Other hard-hit areas included the Hamilton region (4,500 without power) and the Bruce Peninsula.

In Quebec, 53,600 Hydro-Quebec customers in various parts of the province were without power as of 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. The hardest hit area was the Laurentides, north of Montreal, where more than 27,200 customers had no electricity.

After wind gusts reached up to 100 kilometres in some locations Monday night, provincial police warned of numerous instances of trees knocked down onto roadways – and a GO Transit train out of Toronto was held up by live wires on the tracks.