Power restored to much of Oshawa
Published March 29, 2023 at 5:34 pm
Lights are back on in Oshawa following an outage across the city’s downtown core.
Power was cut around 3:45 p.m. centred around Simcoe St. and King St. The outage occurred as a blizzard swept into town causing whiteout conditions.
The abrupt snowfall came as a sharp cold front blew across southern Ontario. Environment Canada put out a warning of heavy wet snow and 70 km/h winds shortly before the storm.
Additionally, residents reported cracks of snow lightning and thunder moments before the widespread outage.
While the blizzard conditions were soon swept away, the power remained out across much of the downtown for well over an hour.
Residents have reported a loss of power in the Northglen, Vanier and McLaughlin neighbourhoods. Oshawa Power reported more than 8,800 customers were without hydro at the outage’s peak.
The hydro company blamed the outage on the storm, but continues to investigate the specific cause of the power outage. Repair crews started work shortly after the power failed and started to restore power shortly after 5 p.m.
As of 5:15 p.m Oshawa Power said the entire city was back online. They added they will share more details about the cause of the outage when it is available.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising