Statement from Ontario Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley:
“Ontario’s energy agencies are working to prepare and respond to any power outages or infrastructure damage that may occur due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy.
Occurrences of storm-related outages are beginning to be reported. It is likely that Ontario will see local power disruptions or outages over the next few days. U.S. states are already reporting outages in the tens of thousands.
Across Ontario there are trained crews of professionals ready to respond and restore power safely and as quickly as possible.
I have been in contact with Hydro One and was assured that they are available to assist. Hydro One’s Grid Control Centre is monitoring the storm as it progresses. Hydro One is the direct power provider in many communities in Ontario and is well prepared to assist their own customers during storm events. If assistance is required by local distribution companies, Hydro One will direct resources, on a priority basis.
Local power companies are the best source for up-to-date, local information for their customers.
The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) is closely monitoring the situation and is taking steps to increase Ontario’s ability to respond to changing circumstances, including keeping additional generation on the ready should it be required.
All of Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) generating facilities are robust and designed to withstand severe weather. OPG is working closely with partners such as Hydro One and the IESO to ensure a co-ordinated response is in place. The company reports no impacts from the storm at this time.”
by michael.talbot10/29/2012 11:16:46 PM
UPDATE: Hurricane Sandy has now transitioned into Post-Tropical Cyclone Sandy
by michael.talbot10/29/2012 11:19:11 PM
Thousands of people are without power after a series of blackouts across the city.
Toronto Hydro is reporting on its website, a blackout spanning Kipling to Royal York Road and Kingsway to Dundas Street West.
There are also outages reported in Agincourt, as well as downtown from Bathurst Street to Yonge Street and Bloor Street to St. Clair Avenue.
Emergency officials are advising residents across the region to be prepared for weather-related power outages.
by michael.talbot10/29/2012 11:26:37 PM
A multiple-dwelling building has collapsed on 8th Avenue in Manhattan NY, FDNY confirms.
by michael.talbot10/29/2012 11:26:42 PM
Live #sandy coverage continues on @citynews Channel and citynews.ca