- Southern and central Ontario hardest hit-

TORONTO, Nov. 16, 2020 /CNW/ - Hydro One crews have restored power to 370,000 customers affected by the wind storm that started yesterday in southern and central Ontario and continues to move east. This is the most significant storm since May 2018 with high winds and gusts over 100km/hr causing outages currently affecting approximately more than 96,600 customers and damaging approximately 400 poles.

Crews in Parry Sound work through high winds and snowy conditions to restore power to customers following Sunday’s severe windstorm. (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)

"Yesterday's fierce winds took down trees, power lines and other critical Hydro One equipment resulting in significant damage," said David Lebeter, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. "Crews continue to work through challenging conditions to restore power to our customers as quickly and as safely as possible. To assist with restoration efforts, Hydro One is receiving support from neighbouring utilities and sent additional crews to the hardest hit areas however, we anticipate that some customers could be without power for several days."

While crews continue to restore power, Hydro One expects additional outages as the storm moves east towards Belleville and Kingston. Parts of central Ontario are also experiencing whiteout conditions making it challenging for crews to restore power.

Customers can report an outage online by clicking here or by calling 1-800-434-1235. Our outage tools are updated every 10 minutes as information comes in from crews on-the-ground as damage is assessed. Customers can also sign up in advance to receive text or email alerts about power outages at HydroOne.com/MyAccount or visit Hydro One's outage map.

If the power in your area is affected by severe weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235.

Hydro One Limited (TSX: H)

Hydro One Limited, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, is Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with approximately 1.4 million valued customers, approximately $27.1 billion in assets as at December 31, 2019, and annual revenues in 2019 of approximately $6.5 billion. Our team of approximately 8,800 skilled and dedicated employees proudly build and maintain a safe and reliable electricity system which is essential to supporting strong and successful communities. In 2019, Hydro One invested approximately $1.7 billion in its transmission and distribution networks and supported the economy through buying approximately $1.5 billion of goods and services. We are committed to the communities where we live and work through community investment, sustainability and diversity initiatives. We are designated as a Sustainable Electricity Company by the Canadian Electricity Association. Hydro One Limited's common shares are listed on the TSX and certain of Hydro One Inc.'s medium term notes are listed on the NYSE. Additional information can be accessed at www.hydroone.com; www.sedar.com or www.sec.gov.

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Parry Sound crews work to get the lights back on for customers by assessing and repairing damage caused by Sunday’s severe windstorm. (CNW Group/Hydro One Inc.)

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