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Storm knocks out power to many customers in central and eastern Ontario


October 18, 2016   by The Canadian Press


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COLLINGWOOD, Ont. – Hydro One is reporting thousands of customers without power after intense storms rolled through parts of central and eastern Ontario on Monday.

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More than 10,000 Hydro One customers were without power as of midnight on Monday. Photo: @ElyeaTrent.

The utility’s website showed more than 10,000 customers without power as of midnight on a line from Georgian Bay through the Owen Sound area and southeast to the Kingston region.

Collingwood appeared to bear the brunt of the storm and provincial police say a number of buildings were damaged.

Twitter users tweeted pictures of a transmission shop that lost its roof in the storm and a car that was crushed under a partially collapsed building

OPP say trees and wire also came down in the storm and were advising motorists heading to take care as lights were out at many intersections. They also advised people to remain at home crews worked to removes trees and wires from area roads.

No injuries have been reported.

While the storm system leaves the area, a mass of warm air will remain behind. Environment Canada says much of southern Ontario can expect highs in the upper 20s on Tuesday, with a humidex reading that will make it feel like the low 30s.