Winter storm may cause power outages in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and beyond


Published December 22, 2022 at 9:19 am

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Residents in Mississauga, Brampton, Hamilton and across southern Ontario should be prepared for possible power outages with a winter storm on the way.

Environment Canada issued a winter storm watch for Peel Region, Halton, and Hamilton. A blizzard warning is in a effect for Niagara Region.

Precipitation may begin as rain or snow this afternoon (Dec. 22) and temperatures are expected to plummet on Friday leading to a potential flash freeze.

Then potentially damaging winds of 90 to 100 km/h along with snow could bring blizzard-like conditions Friday afternoon.

Alectra Utilities says the high winds could damage power lines causing power outages. They are preparing emergency response crews to respond and restore power in the event outages occur.

Pedestrians and motorists in areas with trees located near wires should take extra precaution, as fallen limbs that contact power lines could cause extended outages in affected areas and pose hazardous conditions on the ground.

In the event of downed powerlines, stay at least 10 metres away (the length of a school bus), and call 911 immediately. To report outages, Alectra Utilities’ customers should call 1-833-ALECTRA (1-833-253-2872).

Alectra customers can find updates through Alectra’s Twitter channel @AlectraNews or by visiting the outage map on the website.

To prepare for possible power outages, residents should charge mobile devices and have an emergency kit, Alectra advises.

Public Safety Canada suggests emergency kits have items for people to be self-sufficient for at least 72 hours. This includes bottled water, food, battery operated or wind-up flashlight, medicine, first aid supplies, a battery-operated radio, a manual can opener, canned food, blankets, food for pets and important telephone numbers for family doctors, schools, daycare and insurance companies.

Make sure the items are organized and easy to find. Keep them in a backpack, duffle bag or suitcase with wheels, in an easy-to-reach, accessible place, such as your front-hall closet, Public Safety Canada suggests.

For information on emergency plans and kits go to

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