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Catastrophic ice Storm Hits Toronto Leaving 250,000 without Power.
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Catastrophic ice Storm Hits Toronto Leaving 250,000 without Power.

Hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the Greater Toronto area are without electricity as massive storm hits Southern Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.

Toronto Hydro which is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada said it could take as long as 72 hours for the power to be restored.

“It truly is a catastrophic ice storm that we have had here, probably one of the worst we’ve ever had,” Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines said Sunday.

“Some of the crews I’ve spoken to said this is as bad,” said Blair Peberdy, vice-president of Toronto Hydro, which had 250,000 customers without power.

“These storms tend to wreak havoc and we have to go street by street with chainsaws.”

The storm has resulted in flights being cancelled and delays at airports in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Fredericton, Saint John, N.B., Halifax and St. John’s, N.L.

The street car service was shut down as well in Toronto and the police has asked people to stay off the roads on Sunday.

“Driving conditions are hazardous. This is made worse by the fact that many traffic lights aren’t working. Please do not drive unless it is absolutely necessary,” police said in a statement.

Warming Centres were setup in Toronto with Mayor Rob Ford calling the storm one of the worst in the city’s history.

“My house is freezing cold, I have little kids, we might have to go to a hotel tonight, I’m not quite sure what we’re going to do,” Ford said Sunday.

“It’s not good to wake up and have a freezing cold shower.”

“I want to assure everyone living in these areas that all available resources are working to keep you and your families safe and to restore power as quickly as possible,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement Sunday.

Warming Centres open across Toronto.

Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre

29 St Dennis Drive, Toronto

416-395-7972

Malvern Community Centre

30 Sewells Road,Scarborough

416-396-4054

Agincourt Recreation Centre

31 Glen Watford Drive,Toronto

416-396-4037

Don Montgomery Community Centre

2467 Eglinton Ave East, Toronto

416-396-4043

Driftwood Community Recreation Centre

4401 Jane St, Toronto

416-395-5560

Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre

1369 St Clair Ave West, Toronto

416-392-0036

Mitchell Field Community Centre

89 Church Avenue, North York

416-395-6055

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