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Wind storm caused outages to more than 180,000 Hydro One customers

May 4, 2018

TORONTO, May 4, 2018 /CNW/ - A wind storm that started this afternoon has caused power outages to more than 180,000 Hydro One customers. It is expected this weather will continue throughout the evening, potentially causing further damage. Hydro One is mobilizing crews and where safe, assessing damage and restoring power to customers.

A giant tree brings down electricity line following high winds in Bolton, Ontario. (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)

"Hydro One crews are working to restore power as quickly as possible to customers affected by the wind storm," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. "Our priority right now is to respond to emergencies and start repairing main lines so that we can get the largest numbers of customers restored as quickly and safely as possible."

Hydro One tracked the storm as it developed and was able to mobilize crews and equipment early to be able to respond to affected customers as quickly as possible.

Customers looking for information on power outages can call 1-800-434-1235, download the free 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 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.

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 2017 annual revenues of nearly $6 billion. Our team of over 7,400 skilled and dedicated regular and non-regular employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km of high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km of 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 five utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Energy Company designation from the Canadian Electricity 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).

Electricity lines down in Beachville due to high winds. (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)

SOURCE Hydro One Inc.

For further information: For more 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. Follow us on facebook.com/hydrooneofficial, twitter.com/hydroone and instagram.com/hydrooneofficial.