TORONTO, July 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Many customers had their power restored
early this morning following a severe rain storm on Monday that knocked
out electricity supply to Toronto. As at 5 a.m. today, 16,000 customers
are without power.
An estimated 300,000 customers were affected at the height of the event.
The main issue related to a lack of supply to these customers from
Hydro One's Manby and Richview stations due to flooding. At the start,
customers from as far north as Steeles Ave, west to Danforth Road,
south to the lake and city limits in the east end were affected; some
for as long as 36 hours. Customers served out of Richview Station were
restored at approx. 3 p.m. Tuesday.
Manby Station remains out and is one of two main supply points into
Toronto's downtown. When the station flooded, the outage cut supply to
17 hydro transformer stations fed by Manby in the east, south and
midtown areas of the city. Those remaining without power now are in
areas bounded by:
Dundas Street South to Valermo Drive;
The West Mall East to Stephen Drive, and
Ormskirk Avenue south to The Queensway;
South Kingsway East to Windermere Avenue.
Hydro One requested load shedding, or planned rotating outages, early
Tuesday. Hydro One and Toronto Hydro worked together to reconfigure the
local grid to shift customers normally supplied by Manby station to the
only other supply point to the downtown: Leaside Station. This effort
restored power to as many people as possible but created instability on
the grid and the potential for additional outages and equipment
overloading. Approximately 50,000 customers were impacted by these
rotating outages through Tuesday.
Rotating outages stopped at midnight Wednesday as customer power use
reduced. It may be necessary to re-start rotating outages as customers
begin their workday Wednesday morning.
In the meantime, Toronto Hydro reminds customers that electricity
conservation is crucial to improve the stability of the system. Here
are some tips to help relieve stress on the grid:
Turn off all non-essential lighting.
Set air conditioner thermostats at 25°C and raise the setting even
higher if you're not going to be home.
Close curtains and blinds to keep out the hot summer sun.
Cook outdoors on the barbeque or use a microwave oven.
Save other heat-producing activities such as clothes drying and
dishwashing for cooler evening hours. Wait until 8 p.m.
Businesses should keep their doors closed when air conditioners are
Unplug any non-essential electronic devices - even when turned off,
still draw power.
For more tips on how to conserve visit torontohydro.com/smartsummer
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
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