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Toronto Power Outage Continues, But No State Of Emergency, Rob Ford Says (PHOTOS, LIVEBLOG)

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In the wake of the Toronto power outage, more than 200,000 homes are without power.
In the wake of the Toronto power outage, more than 200,000 homes are without power.

Toronto is recovering from a massive power outage in the wake of the ice storm Monday, but mayor Rob Ford says "the worst is over” and a state of emergency was not needed even as more than 200,000 are still without power.

Saying the city was open for business, Ford told a press conference Monday morning that the power outage that had more than 300,000 without power saw about 75,000 homes get powered restored.

Later Monday, Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines said 215,000 customers were without power.

The ice storm on Saturday overnight brought the city to a halt – with trees weighed down by layers of ice bringing down power lines and power to wide parts of the city – from High Park in the west to large parts of Scarborough to the east.

Since Sunday, streetcar service has been restored and of the two hospitals that had no power, East Toronto had gone up and Sunnybrook is expected to regain electricity by mid-day today.

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As the temperature is expected to dip in the days leading up to Christmas on Wednesday, the city is focusing on opening 24-hour warming centres and may be working with school boards to open up schools if needed. Toronto Hydro warned that power may not come back to homes until after Christmas. Monday's night low is forecast to drop to -8C with Tuesday's low at -14C and Wednesday at -14C.

Ford said that the city was “not even close to that situation” to call a state of emergency, saying compared with the Quebec ice storm in 1998.

"A lot of the streets are clearer than they were yesterday," Ford says.

"We're not declaring a state of emergency," Ford says, but that would have been considered if things had gotten worse Sunday night. Through the city, most libraries were open and 63 housing developments were without power, Ford said.

Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines says crews are making progress. "Our crews continue to work around the clock," "It's pretty dangerous conditions quite frankly." He says the next priority for crews are making sure the big wires that are feeders to many clients are back up and running.

In hardest hit Toronto where the ice splintered a huge number of trees, and turned roads and sidewalks into skating rinks, more than 215,000 hydro customers were still in the dark. Some in the city may be in the dark through Christmas, The Toronto Star reported.

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.

Buses were also operating between Woodbine Station and Kennedy Station Monday morning. Subway trains were also bypassing Yorkdale Station and North York Centre Station due to power outages.

GO Trains were operating on an adjusted schedule to cope with the bad weather.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says one Hamilton worker was injured due to falling ice last night.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford urges caution as warmer weather can cause ice to fall.

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As of the afternoon of Christmas Day, tens of thousands from Ontario to the Maritimes are still without power. According to the Canadian Press:

- 13,500 customers without power in Quebec, primarily in the Eastern Townships

- 30,000 customers in the dark in N.B., with nearly half in Saint John area

- Power back on for affected customers in N.S.

- 2,500 customers without power in Pickering and Ajax east of Toronto

- 6,700 customers without power in Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan

- 24,000 customers without power in Guelph, Peterborough and Walkerton

- 72,000 customers without power in Toronto

For the latest updates on the power outages, we'll be posting more on the story at huffingtonpost.ca or follow us on Twitter.

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Many calls related to carbon monoxide. Chief Jim Sales reminds people not to use outdoor generators, stoves, barbecues indoors. Very dangerous and a CO risk.

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Head of TCH says hundreds of meals being handed out to residents without power.

Premier Wynne also to make visit to TCH facilities later this afternoon, according to official itinerary.

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Mayor Rob Ford said that garbage crews will begin pick-up of tree debris on Dec. 27. Could take 4-6 weeks to pick up large volume of waste.

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Officials updating at 11 am press conference:

Mayor Rob Ford, Toronto Hydro say about 72,000 customers now without power. Majority of outages on the east side of the city.

Toronto Hydro CEO Anthony Haines urging patience. Says call centre is receiving 128,000 calls, average day about 3000 calls.

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Temperatures in the City of Toronto have risen. The high on Christmas day is expected to be -4. The city says that warming centres are still open.

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City of Toronto 9:35 PM EST Tuesday 24 December 2013

Special weather statement for City of Toronto continued

Very cold temperatures moderating later Christmas Day. Winds to 20 km/h at times.

Cold temperatures are occurring over the areas most significantly affected by the weekend ice storm. As of 9:00 PM Christmas Eve, temperatures averaged near minus 15, except minus 19 in the St Lawrence Valley.

A very cold night is in store. Low temperatures Christmas morning are expected to range from minus 17 in the City of Toronto to minus 23 in some rural areas and in the St Lawrence Valley.

Temperatures will slowly moderate Christmas Day with temperatures reaching minus 6 to minus 8 late Christmas afternoon. Temperatures will further moderate to values near minus 3 by Boxing Day.

Winds are generally light to northwesterly at 15 km/h this evening, becoming light tonight, then southeast 20 km Christmas Day. On Boxing Day winds of 20 to 25 km/h from southwest are forecast.

Periods of snow will develop over most regions Christmas Day then end by Boxing Day. However amounts of 5 cm or less are expected.

The moderate winds at times could cause more branches to fall. To those who are still without power it is advised to seek warm shelter and prepare for the colder than average temperatures that are expected.

Given the well below freezing temperatures, much of the ice will not melt and will likely remain on many surfaces through Christmas and Boxing Day until the end of the week.

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Pets welcome. Vulnerable residents will be able to access food, water, and heat.

Toronto Community Centre locations are as follows:

  • Dennis R. Timbrell Community Centre, 29 St. Denis Dr. (Eglinton/Don Mills)
  • Malvern Community Centre, 30 Sewells Rd. (Neilson/Finch)
  • Agincourt Community Centre, 31 Glen Watford Rd. (Sheppard/Midland)
  • Driftwood Community Centre, 4401 Jane St. (between Finch and Steeles)
  • Mitchell Field Community Centre, 89 Church Ave. (Yonge/Finch)
  • Joseph P. Piccininni Community Centre, 1369 St Clair Ave. W. (St Clair/Keele)
  • Matty Eckler Community Centre, 953 Gerrard St. E. (Pape/Gerrard)
  • Lawrence Heights Middle School, 50 Highland Hill (between Ranee and Dane)
  • Edithvale Community Centre, 131 Finch Ave. W. (between Bathurst and Yonge)
  • Pleasantview Community Centre, 545 Van Horne Ave. (between Edmonton and Brian)
  • East York Collegiate Institute, 650 Cosburn Ave. (Coswell/Coxwell)
  • McGregor Park Community Centre, 2231 Lawrence Ave. E. (Lawrence/Kennedy)

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  • Division 11 – 2054 Davenport Road (Davenport/Osler)
  • Division 12 – 200 Trethewey Drive (Trethewey/Black Creek)
  • Division 14 – 350 Dovercourt Road (College/Dovercourt)
  • Division 22 – 3699 Bloor Street West (Bloor West/Dundas West)
  • Division 23 – 5230 Finch Avenue West (Kipling/Finch)
  • Division 31 – 40 Norfinch Road (Norfinch/Finch West)
  • Division 33 – 50 Upjohn Road (York Mills/Don Mills)
  • Division 42 – 242 Milner Avenue (Milner/Markham)
  • Division 43 – 4331 Lawrence Ave. E (Lawrence Ave. E/ Kingston Road)
  • Division 51 – 51 Parliament Street (Front/Parliament)
  • Division 52 - 255 Dundas Street West (LOBBY ONLY)
  • Toronto Police Service College – 70 Birmingham Street (Birmingham/Fifth)
  • Toronto Police Service HQ – 40 College Street (College/Bay)

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She dodges the question. "I'll continue working with the people making the decisions at City Hall."

Says she wants to make sure that provincial resources are being allocated properly.

Wynne says politics at City Hall haven't had an impact on ice storm response.

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"We are talking with the decision maker. We are talking with the team. Anthony Haines (Toronto Hydro CEO) is sitting right here."

"We are dealing with decision makers at city hall, the on-the-ground decision makers," she said in response to a media question.

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