Thousands without power after wind storm

Hydro One's online outage map froze multiple times while Nation Valley News perused it for information this morning. It seems bogged down with visitors as a result of multiple outages across the province following last night's wind storm.

NATION VALLEY — Thousands of rural Eastern Ontario residents are not expected to have their power restored until late this afternoon, following last night’s wind storm.

Hydro One’s outage map — which seems to be bogged down with heavy usage — indicates that 5,300 customers in the vicinity of Russell Township and northern North Dundas alone will be without electricity until 4 p.m. this evening.

Other areas hit in the five most eastern counties of the province include an area north of Cornwall, and a swath of rural North Glengarry.

Environment Canada reported “considerable damage” across southern Ontario last night as a line of thunderstorms tracked quickly across the province, leaving 300,000 customers without power. Gusts hit 90 km/h at Ottawa Airport.

As the winds whipped up, the OPP  tweeted yesterday evening:

Below, the bells tolled ominously for an extended period at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chesterville during Friday night’s windstorm. County Rd. 7 at Morewood was closed down the next morning as crews fixed downed hydro lines. The third image in the carousel shows a damaged Coverall-type building near South Mountain.


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