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Thunderstorms knock out power to more than 45,000 Hydro One customers; 38,000 customers remain without power

Sep 22, 2010

TORONTO, Sept. 22 /CNW/ - Severe thunderstorms last night knocked over trees and downed power lines, resulting in approximately 45,000 Hydro One customers without power. About 38,000 Hydro One customers are currently without power in the locations listed below:

Huntsville                                   6,900                      
Bracebridge 10,000
Penetang 2,800
Parry Sound 8,500
Orangeville 3,300

"Last night's storm caused considerable damage to our system," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice-President, Customer Operations. "Our crews are working to clean up the downed trees, repair the broken conductors and restore power as quickly as possible."

About 200 Hydro One staff are working on the restoration effort including lines staff, helicopter pilots and foresters. It is expected most customers will have power restored later tonight, although some customers in remote areas may be without power until tomorrow.

Hydro One is currently monitoring another weather system moving across the province. We will provide updates as events warrant on any resulting power outages.

Hydro One delivers electricity safely, reliably and responsibly to homes and businesses across the province of Ontario and owns and operates Ontario's 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers and municipal utilities, and a 123,000 km low-voltage distribution system that serves about 1.3 million end-use customers and smaller municipal utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of Ontario.

For further information:

contact Hydro One Media Relations 24 hours a day at 1-877-506-7584 (toll-free in Ontario only) or 416-345-6868. Our website is