High winds cause power outages to more than 68,000 Hydro One customers

Mar 8, 2017

TORONTO, March 8, 2017 /CNW/ - High winds that started late this morning in southwestern Ontario continue to cause power outages on Hydro One's distribution system. Wind gusts have been reported in the 100 km/h range and are expected to continue into this evening. There are currently 270 active outages affecting more than 68,000 customers. Where safe, Hydro One crews are out assessing damage and restoring power to customers.

"Hydro One is working to restore power to customers affected by the wind storm as quickly as possible," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. "Our field offices are mobilizing crews from areas not affected by the high winds to help safely restore power to our customers. Turning the lights back on for homes and businesses is our top priority."

Currently areas most affected include:

Location

Customers
affected:

Aylmer

5,400

Bancroft

1,300

Dundas

5,700

Essex

1,700

Haldimand

10,000

Huntsville

1,600

Lambton

13,000

Lincoln

1,000

Norfolk

3,700

Simcoe

9,000

Strathroy

5,200

Trenton

1,400

 

Customers looking for information on power outages can call 1-800-434-1235, download the Hydro One power outage app or visit www.HydroOne.com/stormcenter. Customers can also register to receive proactive personalized text or email alerts about power outages. Hydro One is the first utility in Canada to offer this service. Customers can register for Outage Alerts online at HydroOne.com/MyAccount.

If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235. Safety is at the core of everything Hydro One employees do. Not only are our crews trained in First Aid, every Hydro One vehicle is equipped with a First Aid kit.

About Hydro One Inc.:

Hydro One Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $25 billion in assets and annual revenues of over $6.5 billion. Our team of 5,500 skilled and dedicated employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km primary distribution networks. Hydro One is committed to the communities we serve, and has been rated as the top utility in Canada for its corporate citizenship, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. We are one of only four utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Energy Company designation from the Canadian Electrical Association. We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre optic network. Hydro One Limited's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H). For more information about everything Hydro One, please visit www.HydroOne.com.

SOURCE Hydro One Inc.

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