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Hundreds of thousands still without power after weekend ice storm

A man steps over downed power lines near Dufferin Grove Park in Toronto on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 following ice storm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ian Willms
December 23, 2013 - 2:01 AM

TORONTO - Hundreds of thousands of people are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on after a weekend ice storm wreaked havoc from southwestern Ont,. to the Atlantic Coast.

Across Ontario more than 350,000 people remained without power early Monday morning, and hydro officials were advising that it could take until Wednesday to get everyone reconnected.

In hardest hit Toronto where the ice splintered a huge number of trees, and turned roads and sidewalks into skating rinks, more than 250,000 hydro customers were still in the dark.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told a Sunday afternoon news conference that the province would provide support to municipal emergency crews as they scramble to do their jobs.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford called it one of the worst storms in the city’s history, but said he was not yet ready to declare a state of emergency.

Most of the city's transit systems were expected to be operational again in time for the Monday morning commute.

Air travellers, however, were still being frustrated by numerous flight cancellations and delays at Pearson International Airport.

The storm system also coated much of southern Quebec in ice, and continues to produce freezing drizzle in parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Some 50-thousand customers in Quebec and about six-thousand more in New Brunswick were still without power as of late Sunday night.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2013
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