Thunderstorms knock out power to more than 70,000 Hydro One customers

Jun 8, 2011

TORONTO, June 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Severe thunderstorms that began Tuesday night continue to make their way across the province. Downed trees and power lines have caused major damage on Hydro One's distribution system causing power outages to 70,000 Hydro One customers. Early this morning, Hydro One crews were restoring power to customers in the Owen Sound, Guelph, Dundas and Walkerton areas.

Thunderstorm activity started again Wednesday afternoon in the Orillia and Muskoka areas and moved east causing outages in the Peterborough, Fenelon Falls, Tweed and Bancroft areas. Some of the major areas currently affected are listed below:

Area Impacted Number of Hydro One
Customers Affected
Bancroft 12000
Bracebridge 3300
Brockville 5000
Dundas 700
Fenelon Falls 6800
Guelph 1300
Kincardine 3400
Minden 3400
Orillia 1300
Peterborough 16000
Picton 3500
Tweed 13000
Walkerton 1200

Hydro One crews continue to assess damage and work as quickly as possible to restore power. Hydro One will provide updates on restoration times once the extent of the storm damage has been determined.

"Hydro One has deployed all available lines and forestry crews in the affected areas," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations. "We appreciate the support and patience of our customers as we work to restore power.  For some of these areas, it is the third time they have been hit by storms in the past week."

Our Customer Communications Centre is experiencing a high volume of calls due to the extent of the storm damage. For the most recent information on power outages customers can go to:  www.HydroOne.com.

Important Safety Information

Hydro One strongly urges people to take extra precaution near fallen power lines. Even if a fallen wire seems dead, it can be dangerous. People are urged to report to Hydro One the location of the fallen wires as soon as possible. Touching a vehicle that is in contact with a power line can be fatal.

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 www.HydroOne.com.


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