Storm affects 175,000 Hydro One customers

TORONTO, ONTARIO - Wind gusts of up to 100 km/h moved from southwestern Ontario to eastern Ontario leaving tremendous damage in its path. The storm downed power lines and broke about 65 poles across the province leaving more than 175,000 Hydro One customers without power.

"We have deployed all available crews to focus on the restoration effort," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations. "Our goal is to restore a significant number of customers this evening, but repairing all of the damage and restoring power to all customers will take several days.

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More than 300 Hydro One staff are working on the restoration effort including lines staff, apprentice crews and foresters. Since the storm hit this morning, Hydro One has moved crews from areas not affected by the wind storm to the hardest hit areas to support the effort to return service to our customers. High winds have grounded Hydro One's helicopters, but crews are on standby to help with restoration once flying conditions improve.



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