Power restored to approximately 113,000 Hydro One customers following Friday's severe summer storm

    TORONTO, June 9 /CNW/ - Hydro One confirms it has restored power to
113,000 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 14,000 customers remain
without power late Saturday afternoon.
    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.
    The company continues to redeploy crews from across the province to
complete necessary restoration work. While it is expected that the vast
majority of customers will be restored today, approximately 3,000 customers
may remain without power overnight.
    The most impacted areas currently include:

                                                         Number of Hydro One
    Areas Most Impacted                                   Customers Affected
    Bracebridge                                                        2,500
    Huntsville                                                         1,700
    Dundas                                                             1,700
    Guelph                                                             1,400
    Essex                                                              1,000
    Simcoe                                                             2,000
    Beachville                                                           500
    New Liskeard                                                       2,600

    "We have made significant progress over the last 24 hours in our efforts
to restore power following yesterday's fierce storm," said Myles D'Arcey,
Senior Vice President, Customer Operations, Hydro One. "We will continue to
redeploy crews to where they are needed so that we can bring our remaining
customers back on line as quickly and safely as we can."

    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
    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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