Crews Continue Restoring Power despite Troublesome Weather

While the hydro crews tirelessly continue working in southern Ontario to restore power to areas impacted by a critical ice storm, another blow of winter weather has entered Toronto that could further hamper the already enduring clean-up efforts on an expectedly busy shopping day. The temperatures in the city have risen a little up to a high of -1 C, while the snow continues to fall till midday, bringing total amounts of 2-4 centimetres, according to Environment Canada.

At the same time, power utilities are working to restore electricity in homes and businesses across southern Ontario, Quebec and parts of the Maritimes. Estimate of more than 7,000 customers are surviving without power in Quebec, while another 18,000 homes and businesses are deprived in New Brunswick. In a tweet posted by Ontario’s Hydro One on early Thursday morning, it revealed that the crews are working to restore power to more than 17,000 customers, which have decreased from 21,000 on Christmas Day. As of Thursday morning, Toronto Hydro stated that power has been restored to 245,726 customers across the city, whereas almost 54,700 customers were left without.

In a news conference held by Toronto Hydro CEO, Anthony Haines, on Wednesday, he refrained from offering a “firm estimate” about when full power is expected to restore across the city, though he promised that crews “will not stop until the work is done.” He added that “we are planning our work schedule through until the 29th but that continues to be an estimate.”

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