Over 17,000 Ontario residents still without power following windstorm


Published February 29, 2024 at 4:52 pm

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If you’re still without power following yesterday’s windstorm, you’re not alone.

Yesterday, numerous regions across Ontario were battered with high-speed winds as a result of fluctuating weather conditions across the province.

In a recent report released on behalf of Hydro One, crews were dispatched to assist over 115,000 energy customers yesterday, as power lines all over the province were downed by debris from the wind. 

The company says thousands are still being impacted.

“We know life grinds to a halt when the power goes out, so we have mobilized crews from other parts of the province along with our contractors to assist with restoration efforts,” said Chong Kiat Ng, vice president of distribution for Hydro One, in a statement. 

Hydro One is urging Ontario residents to avoid these fallen power lines — and if they encounter one — to stay 10 meters away from the area. Regardless if the downed line appears to be live or not, anyone who comes across one should immediately call emergency services.

At the time of publication, Hydro One’s report indicated that 17,400 customers across the province were still without power and that households in eastern Ontario regions should anticipate further disruptions. 

For those looking to see what areas of the province have already been impacted, Hydro One provides an outage map for public safety, as intense winds are expected to continue throughout the province. 

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