April 17, 2018 5:23 am
Updated: April 17, 2018 7:23 am

Thousands remain without power in southern Ontario after weekend ice storm

The ice storm that took over Toronto this weekend was reminiscent of the storm that put the GTA in a deep freeze in 2013. Erica Vella looks at both storms and their impacts on the community.

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TORONTO – Utility crews continued repairing severed power lines on Tuesday morning after a wild few days of rain, freezing rain, snow and strong wind across much of southern, central and eastern Ontario.

The province’s largest utility, Hydro One, was reporting around 40,000 homes and businesses without electricity – down from a high of about 300,000 in the early stages of the storm.

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Just over 2,000 Hydro Ottawa customers remained in the dark – down from about 75,000 – and Toronto Hydro was reporting a few hundred outages by Tuesday morning. Hydro Quebec was dealing with almost 19,000 outages in Montreal and surrounding areas.

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The blast of winter weather also impacted the boys of summer, when a chunk of ice falling from the CN Tower poked a hole in the Rogers Centre roof and cancelling a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals.

They were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Tuesday.

READ MORE: CN Tower closed as ice storm, wind gusts and heavy rainfall pummel Toronto

Police said an area around the tower would remain roped off until Tuesday morning.

Toronto’s Pearson International Airport said they expected higher than normal volumes as they recover from the storm. Travellers were advised to check their flight status before heading to the airport.

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