TORONTO — More than 100,000 hydro customers across southwest Ontario were without power late Thursday night as repair crews tried to stay ahead of outages due to freezing rain which coated wires and tree branches with ice.
Hydro One's online outage map shows about 70,000 homes and businesses without power, including more than 12,000 in Barrie and more than 11,000 in both Owen Sound and Orangeville.
Thousands were also without power in the Cambridge, Kitchener, Woodstock and Listowel areas and the utility said about 40,000 customers were expected to remain without electricity through the night.
PowerStream, which services communities north of Toronto, was working to restore power to some 19,000 residents and businesses in the Barrie, Alliston and Beaton areas and another 5,000 customers in the Bradford area.
The icy weather also meant an extra-long weekend for thousands of students across southern Ontario heading into Easter weekend.
Classes and buses were cancelled at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board, the Peel District School Board and at Halton Catholic schools. Both the Toronto District School Board and the Oxford County board cancelled buses, but schools remained open.
By The Canadian Press