Thousands remain without power in Toronto and Mississauga after massive thunderstorms slammed the city Monday with record rainfall, flooding transit systems, homes and even highways.
UPDATE: Toronto Hydro says it is "at capacity" with its supply of electricity provided by Hydro One.
We are currently at capacity with the supply of electricity provided by Hydro One & at their request we have begun load shedding.— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
The company added that, at Hydro One's request, it will begin "load-shedding" or rotating blackouts in specific areas in order to conserve energy.
Load shedding = rotating blackouts. Hydro One needs us to conserve. We apologize for this inconvenience.— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
The affected areas are:
Area 1) North of Nassau Street, south to King Street West; West of Shaw Street, east of Charlotte Street. #darkto— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
Area 2: South of St. Clair Ave West, south to Queen Street West; west of Jane Street east to Spadina Avenue. #darkto— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
Area 3: Dundas St West to Lake Ontario; Roncesvalles Ave east to Spadina Avenue. #darkto— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
Fourth area added to load shedding (rotating outages): Old Weston Rd., south to Queen St. W.; Sunnyside Ave., east to Lansdowne. #darkto— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
Toronto Hydro says there are now 50,000 customers without power, up from the previous estimation of 20,000.
50, 000 customers without power. Liberty Village & area now affected by lack of supply from Hydro One station. Restoration time TBD. #darkto— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
At the height of the outage, between 400,000 and 500,000 people in the GTA were without power, according to a Hydro One press release.
Hydro One repair crews worked overnight, reconfiguring the "GTA electricity system to restore power to as many people as possible," a Tuesday press release states. There is potential for further outages as the system is not yet stabilized, the release adds.
As of 8 a.m. Tuesday, around 20,000 people remain without power mostly in the GTA's west-end, specifically "in the areas bounded by Dundas Street South to Valermo Drive; The West Mall East to Stephen Drive, and Ormskirk Avenue south to The Queensway; South Kingsway East to Windermere Avenue," according to Toronto Hydro.
Customers who don't live in the GTA's west-end but have outages should call Toronto Hydro's Lights Out line at 416-542-8000 and file a report.
A full map of outages in the GTA from Hydro One shows the areas affected.
An Enersource map of Mississauga shows that most of the city's power has been restored, but residents can check back for updates as repair crews continue working.
Enersource said that most, if not all, Mississauga residents should have power back Tuesday, according to CTV News.
Toronto residents can see what areas are without power with Toronto Hydro's map.
TTC service has been restored, except between Jane and Kipling stations, the Toronto Star reports. Shuttle buses are available.
Toronto Hydro is asking customers to conserve electricity as its crews continue repairs, and in a press conference Tuesday Rob Ford did the same, adding the hydro system “is hanging on a thread," the Globe and Mail reports.
Customers are asked to conserve energy while crews work to repair the system and restore power. Find tips at http://t.co/9eGS09mPq8— Toronto Hydro (@TorontoHydro) July 9, 2013
Toronto Hydro’s president Anthony Haines asked customers to help with "load-shedding" to reduce strain on the system.
From Rob Ford: "We need to reduce our electricity today to help to relieve the strain on the hydro system. We're hanging by a thread.'— Curtis Rush (@CurtisGRush) July 9, 2013
Toronto hydro spokesperson says system is asking for volunteer "load shedding" today. Shut down air conditioners, pool pumps.— Curtis Rush (@CurtisGRush) July 9, 2013
Ford also said he has asked for a review of the city's emergency response system, adding that while many things "worked well last night,” many areas such as communicating information could have been improved.
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