Prepare for power outages in the District
Hydro One is preparing for potential cuts to power amid reports of gusting winds that may cause some power outages.
Alicia Sayers, Hydro One spokesperson encourages residents to prepare for weather uncertainties by preparing a 72-hour emergency-preparedness kit that fits a household including pets and visitors. She recommends the kit should include at least two litres of water per person in a home for one day, canned or dried foods, having cash on hand, extra batteries, cell phones and battery packs should be fully charged, blankets and any material to keep you warm in case it does get cold.
Sayers also suggests being mindful of live wires and any loose debris on properties.
“Always keep at least 10 meters away from down power lines, even if they don’t appear to be live,” she said.
Environment Canada reports that strong southwest winds with gusts near 90 km/h are expected to develop in the wake of a sharp Arctic cold front sweeping through Central and Northeastern Ontario near midnight.
Wind gusts are expected to reach near 100 km/h in exposed areas near Georgian Bay. Winds will slowly veer to the west then slowly start to diminish on Friday morning. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. Be prepared to adjust your driving with changing road conditions due to high winds.
To review any power outage in the region, visit Hydro One’s Outage map, sign up for pro-active text alerts, or call 1-800-434-1235 to report any outages.