Hydro One restores power to over 49,300 customers

Over 47,600 remain without power

TORONTO, Dec. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - Hydro One confirms it has restored power to more than 49,300 customers following today's windstorm, which caused extensive damage to its distribution system across northern and central Ontario. Crews continue to respond to 338 incidents affecting over 47,600 customers.

"This violent wind storm caused widespread damage in communities across Ontario as many were starting to prepare to celebrate the holidays," said Jon Rebick, Vice President, Lines and Forestry, Hydro One. "Our lines and forestry crews are working as quickly and safely as possible and we appreciate our customers' patience."

Hardest hit areas will have customers out as follows:

Area Affected

Customers remaining
out overnight  

Potential customers
remaining out until
December 26th

Algoma

3,150

1,500

Sudbury

8,000

4,000

Nipissing

6,486

2,500

New Liskeard

2,538

1,700

Kirkland Lake

1,445

700

Timmins

2,000

800

Kapuskasing

300

30

Bancroft

1,210

500

Tweed

586

250

Huntsville

4,000

0

Parry Sound

6

0

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.                            

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. 

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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