Power restored to approximately 100,000 Hydro One customers following Friday's severe summer storm

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Hydro One confirms it has restored power to
100,000 customers following Friday's severe summer storm. High winds, heavy
rain and lightning resulted in a significant number of downed trees and wires
and caused damage to power equipment. Approximately 27,000 customers remain
without power at midday Saturday.
    Hydro One crews worked through the night and more crews were mobilized in
the early morning to assess and repair the damage resulting from last night's
storm. Helicopters have also been deployed to conduct aerial surveys of system
damage in order to prioritize restoration activities. Restoration crews report
significant numbers of downed poles and trees on lines. Additional restoration
support is being provided by a number of local power utilities.
    While it is expected that the vast majority of customers will have power
restored today, some customers in the most impacted areas, namely Bracebridge
and Huntsville, could remain without power for the duration of the weekend.
    The most impacted areas currently include:

                                                         Number of Hydro One
    Areas Most Impacted                                   Customers Affected
    Penetang                                                             750
    Bracebridge                                                        4,500
    Parry Sound                                                        1,100
    Huntsville                                                         3,700
    Minden                                                             1,000
    Bancroft                                                             500
    Guelph                                                               900
    Essex                                                              1,000
    Kingston                                                           1,100
    Simcoe                                                             3,000
    Beachville                                                           650
    New Liskeard                                                       3,200

    "We anticipated yesterday's storm would result in significant outages so
we were prepared to dispatch emergency crews immediately to undertake
important repair work," said Myles D'Arcey, Senior Vice President, Customer
Operations, Hydro One. "Our focused and intense restoration effort has allowed
us to restore power to a significant number of customers overnight."

    Important Safety Information

    Hydro One strongly urges people to take extra caution 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.

    Restoring Power to Customers with Customer-Owned Equipment

    Hydro One advises customers that their privately-owned electrical
equipment may have sustained damage in this week's storm. If you know that
your customer-owned equipment is damaged, you will need to hire a qualified
electrical contractor to undertake necessary repair work who will then arrange
for the required ESA inspection and Hydro One reconnection to restore your
power. For the most recent information on power outages go to

    Hydro One owns and operates Ontario's 28,400 kilometers high-voltage
transmission network that delivers electricity to large industrial customers
and municipal utilities, and a 122,000 kilometre low-voltage distribution
system that serves about 1.2 million end-use customers and smaller municipal
utilities in the province. Hydro One is wholly owned by the Province of

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