Dark Christmas In Canada: Thousands Of Ontario Residents Likely To Celebrate Christmas Without Electricity

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By Sounak Mukhopadhyay | December 24, 2013 10:52 AM EST

Thousands of lights all over the world may light up this Christmas but Toronto will have to celebrate the festival in darkness. Toronto residents have been warned that the power shortage in the city may last even until Christmas.

Vanessa Nero, Toronto Hydro spokesman, told the Toronto residents to plan in advance to counter the prolonged outage due to the ice storm. More than 200,000 residents are experiencing the setbacks of power outage since Monday noon. Nero said people were working on the restoration so that most customers would get the power by the weekend, adding there is a possibility of an extended outage.

Hydro crews from the rest of the country and the U.S. have been summoned to help Toronto restore the situation, the Globe and Mail reported. Environment Canada does not have any more weather warnings for Ontario. Still, there are warnings of freezing rain on Monday in Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec.

There is a 40 percent possibility of flurries in Toronto on Monday. By Monday evening and Tuesday will have 60 percent possibility of flurries. People can still expect Christmas light, according to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, as power is regularly being restored every hour to more number of homes.

Ford said in a press conference on Monday that the only hospital which is being run on generators, the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, will get its power in the afternoon. He also said the worst weather condition is over. Therefore, Toronto has decided against declaring a state of emergency,  according to the mayor, as the city is doing fine at the moment.

About 11,000 residents in St. Stephen and Rothesay have no power, according to New Brunswick Power.

Hydro One has reported that 120,000 users are still with no power across Ontario. It has been asked to be patient as over 111,000 users have already got the power back in Simcoe, Belleville and Orillia.

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