April 14, 2013 — Hydro One says thousands of customers who've been blacked out since Friday's storm will get their power back sometime on Sunday.
Freezing rain and ice pellets coated roadways in southern Ontario late last week. That, along with wind gusts up to 80 km/hour in some places, was enough to create travel chaos and contribute to thousands of power outages.
The utility says more than 300 power poles were toppled by Friday's storm, and more than 1,200 of its staff have been working to get the lights and heat turned back on.
Tweed, Peterborough, Trenton and Orangeville were among the areas hardest hit, with more than 10,000 customers affected in each municipality.
On Friday, Hydro One was left scrambling to cope with the effects of this powerful spring storm.
More than 100,000 Hydro One customers remained without power in southern Ontario on Saturday morning, following the ice storm early Friday. By mid-Sunday afternoon, the number had fallen to around 35,000.
North Perth has declared a state of emergency and officials have set up warming centres for residents to escape the cold.
Thousands of Quinte residents also are without power as residents in Quinte West, Brighton, Frankford, Stirling and north of Belleville remain affected by the outage.
Hydro One estimates power will be restored in those areas between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Saturday.
In the Waterloo region, the Township of Wellesley has declared a state of emergency due to widespread outages and damage. The township has opened a warming centre for those without heat at The Linwood Community Centre.
The powerful system is now pushing east, bringing more than 20 cm of snow to parts of Quebec.
With files from The Canadian Press