Thousands of people in Ontario, Canada are facing blackouts due to strong winds that have swept through parts of the province, the local Electricity Corporation of Canada said.
The company announced that the work crews were responding to outages that affected more than 200,000 consumers, as strong winds of up to 90 or 100 kilometers per hour caused poles to break and trees to fall on the lines.
More than 200,000 consumers without electricity live with the continuing storm, forecasted reported the most affected areas in the south, center, and east of the city.
Matthew Pegg, the city’s fire chief and head of emergency management, also shared a “heads up” for residents and safety tips on his Twitter account Saturday.
“Please remain alert for flying debris while moving around the (City of Toronto),” he wrote. “If you encounter downed lines, stay at least the length of a school bus away.”
In contrast, the Government of Canada Meteorological Agency issued a warning for Ontario, as a cold front will sweep across southern Ontario this afternoon and evening, bringing strong winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour, and warned residents to prepare for potential outages and potential damage in their area.
” Buildings may be damaged, such as roof panels and windows, high winds may throw loose objects or cause tree branches to break,”.
“While crews continue to restore power and respond to any emergencies, we expect more outages until the winds subside and we expect customers in the worst-affected areas to be without power overnight,” electric utility Hydro One added in an alert on its website.