Toronto Hydro bringing in extra crews ahead of rain and wind storm

Customers need to be prepared

TORONTO, Oct. 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro wants customers to be ready for some wet and windy weather that's expected to hit the city tomorrow morning. As the storm intensifies throughout the day, there could be power outages, or other weather-related issues.

The city of Toronto is home to a large tree canopy and storms at this time of year can cause extensive forestry damage.

To prepare for the intense weather, we've called in additional crews to help safely restore power in affected areas.

Customers should make sure their cell phones are charged, and should be checking their emergency preparedness kits – and if they don't have one, now is a good time to think about putting one together. 

QUICK FACTS

  • Residents are asked to call 416-542-8000 (press 1) if they see wires that are on a tree or wires that have been knocked down.
  • Residents should stay at least 10 metres away from a downed powerline– about the length of a school bus
  • Toronto Hydro's emergency preparedness guide can be found at torontohydro.com/emergencykit  This guide is available in six different languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Somali, Tamil and Urdu

QUOTES

"The city is expecting some severe weather to pass through tomorrow. Our crews are on standby and will work to repair any damage as quickly and as safely as possible"
     -       Tori Gass, Spokesperson, Toronto Hydro

ABOUT TORONTO HYDRO

Toronto Hydro owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 747,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: Tori Gass, Communications and Public Relations, 416-903-4037, media@torontohydro.com; 24-hours media line: 416-903-6845, media@torontohydro.com

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