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Ontarians still in the dark


Power lines were damaged
Power lines were damaged

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

May 1, 2011 — Tens of thousands of people in eastern Ontario are still without power days after a deadly wind storm.

Several trees were downed
Several trees were downed

Thursday's fierce winds, which clocked in at over 100 km/h in places, caused a lot of damage to power infrastructure across the province.

“We're seeing a lot of broken trees, trees on poles, and extensive damage across the eastern part of Ontario,” says Alexandra Stadnyk, a spokesperson for Hydro One.

About 13,000 customers were still without power as of Sunday morning, most of them in the Arnprior, Perth and Peterborough areas.

Roughly 1,000 crews are working “aggressively” to restore power to those customers, Stadnyk says.

“We're continuing to restore our restoration efforts on removing trees from lines, repairing downed lines and replacing broken poles.”

However, it is anticipated that customers living in remote areas probably won't be restored until Monday.

The winds were part of a system that generated one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in U.S. history -- a system that has many Canadians wondering, “Could it happen here?”

With files from Sana Ahmed

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