Wind storm knocks out power to more than 150,000 Hydro One customers

TORONTO, April 28 /CNW/ - High winds of up to 100 km/hr, moving from southwestern to eastern Ontario, have downed trees and power lines and caused power outages for approximately 150,000 Hydro One customers. Some of the major areas affected are listed below:

Area Impacted Number of Hydro One
Customers Affected
Arnprior 11,000
Aylmer 2,000
Bancroft 5,400
Beachville 5,300
Bowmanville 7,200
Cobden 11,000
Dundas 4,600
Fenelon Falls 5,300
Lincoln 3,800
Minden 4,800
Newmarket 4,100
Peterborough 13,000
Simcoe 7,000
Trenton 1,400
Tweed 15,000
Winchester 4,000

Hydro One crews continue to assess damage and it is expected that the number of customers affected by this storm may increase as the storm progresses east.  Power will be restored as soon as possible and 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 and is moving swiftly to bring in additional crews to assist with restoration of power in the hardest hit communities," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer Operations. "We appreciate the support and patience of our customers as we work to restore power."

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.

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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