Over 125,000 Hydro One customers without power as high winds continue to move across Ontario

TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2013 /CNW/ - The wind storm that started this morning in south western Ontario has now moved across the province and is affecting customers in eastern Ontario. Where safe, Hydro One crews have been assessing damage and restoring power.

Hydro One will provide updates on restoration times once the extent of the storm damage has been determined in each of the affected areas. Typically, with a weather event of this magnitude, it can take multiple days to repair damage and restore power to all customers.

"We have all available resources working to restore power. The storm continues to cause damage but as our crews assess areas we will be able to provide customers with restoration times," said Len McMillan, Vice President, Operations and Maintenance, Hydro One Networks.

Some of the major areas affected are listed below:

Area Affected Number of Hydro One Customers Affected
Arnpior 2,000
Bancroft 10,000
Barrie 1,200
Bowmanville 2,200
Bracebridge 19,200
Brockville 2,100
Cobden 3,100
Fenelon Falls 1,700
Huntsville 15,500
Kingston 9,600
Minden 4,900
Nipissing 3,000
Owen Sound 3,000
Parry Sound 13,300
Penetang 1,400
Perth 3,600
Picton 3,700
Trenton 4,700
Tweed 11,000
Vankleek Hill 2,600
Winchester 4,100

For local updates on estimated restoration times, customers can download the free Hydro One mobile app available on BlackBerry, iPhone and Android.

Important Safety Information
Hydro One strongly urges people to take extra precaution near fallen power lines. People are urged to report the location of the fallen wires to Hydro One as soon as possible. Touching a vehicle or a tree 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.

SOURCE: Hydro One Inc.

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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