Freezing rain and high winds cause widespread power outages

Hydro One reports more than 200 outages affecting over 30,000 customers, including over 12,000 in central and eastern Ontario

Hydro One crews on site after an ice storm. (Photo: Hydro One / Facebook)
Hydro One crews on site after an ice storm. (Photo: Hydro One / Facebook)

On Monday (December 30), Hydro One is advising that freezing rain and high winds are affecting the province’s electricity distribution system, resulting in power outages across Ontario.

While the freezing rain warning has now ended for the Kawarthas, Hydro One reports more than 200 active outages affecting more than 30,000 customers — including more than 12,000 customers in central and eastern Ontario — as of 11 a.m. on Monday morning.

Hydro One says crews are responding to outages as quickly and safely as possible.

If outages occur, Hydro One determines an estimated time of restoration for each incident once damage has been assessed, and prioritizes emergencies and restoration in a way that brings power back to the largest number of customers in the shortest period of time.

Most restoration times are estimated for late Monday afternoon.

For detailed information on outages and estimated restoration times, visit stormcentre.hydroone.com or download the Hydro One free mobile app.

Outage tools are updated every 10 minutes as information comes in from the crews on-site.

Hydro One advises people to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 meters back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.

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