Strong Winds Cause Power Outages in Ontario Regions

Bisnis.comJAKARTA – Strong winds hit the Canadian province of Ontario and caused more than 280,000 homes and businesses to lose power, utility company Hydro One said on Saturday (11/12).

However, electricity supply has been successfully restored to several homes and business locations.

The Toronto-listed company that supplies power to more than 1.4 million consumers across the province said more blackouts were possible until the windy weather subsided.

“Hydro One estimates that consumers in the most affected areas will lose power overnight, including in southern, central and eastern Ontario,” the company said in a statement.

“Significant damage has been reported, including broken pylons, fallen trees, and the treacherous state of the road,” the company said without elaborating.

Although electricity supply has returned to 78,000 customers, around 210,000 still have no access to electricity supply.

Canada’s Institute for the Environment and Climate Change has also issued a warning about the wind phenomenon in southern Ontario, and warned of gusts of up to 75 mph.

Separately, Canadian utility company Alectra also said it had dispatched workers to restore power to customers in the Toronto area and beyond, but said some could experience overnight blackouts.

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