Hydro One restores power to over 17,400 customers

Over 90,600 remain without power

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - Hydro One confirms it has now restored power to more than 17,400 customers following today's windstorm, which caused extensive damage to its distribution system across southwestern and central Ontario. Crews continue to respond to 431 incidents affecting over 90,600 customers.

"This violent wind storm has caused widespread damage in communities across Ontario," said Jon Rebick, Vice President, Lines and Forestry, Hydro One. "Our lines and forestry crews are out in full force and we appreciate our customers' patience."

Areas with over 1,000 customers affected include:

Area Affected

Number of Hydro One Customers Affected

Bancroft

10,636

Bracebridge

6,857

Cobden

4,912

Fenelon Falls

4,016

Huntsville

12,058

Minden

10,607

Nipissing

13,054

Orillia

5,555

Owen Sound

3,100

Parry Sound

3,278

Penetang

2,456

Sudbury

1,665

Timmins

2,862

Walkerton

4,888

Tracking power outages

For outage updates, download Hydro One's free mobile app on smartphone and tablet devices or check the online outage map at HydroOne.com. Customers can check the status of power outages anywhere in Hydro One's service area and receive helpful tips and news.

What to do in a power outage

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.

Household preparedness

Hydro One wants to remind you and your family of the importance of being prepared in case of an extended power outage caused by severe weather.

Our emergency preparedness video is a great tool to help ensure you and your family are prepared in the event of an extended outage.                               

About the Company
The Company is Ontario's largest electrical transmission and distribution utility with approximately $23 billion in assets and 2014 revenues of over $6 billion. The Company's regulated transmission and distribution operations are owned by Hydro One Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Company.  Hydro One Inc. delivers electricity safely and reliably to over 1.2 million customers across the province of Ontario, and to large industrial customers and municipal utilities.  Hydro One Inc. owns and operates Ontario's approximately 29,000 km high-voltage transmission network and an approximately 122,000 circuit km primary low-voltage distribution network. 

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.

For local update 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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