Toronto Hydro warns of possible power outages ahead of storm

Nov 7 2018, 2:49 am

As the city braces for today’s fall storm that will see gusts of wind up to 80 km/hr starting this afternoon, Toronto Hydro is warning the public there may be possible power outages.

According to Environment Canada, a special weather statement is currently in effect for Toronto and parts of the GTA, that calls for potentially damaging winds.

The weather agency says a low-pressure system is headed for Toronto that will bring “strong southwesterly winds” with gusts of up to 80 km/hr. The strong winds are expected to develop in the afternoon and continue into the evening.

“Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage,” the weather statement reads.

Ahead of the storm, Toronto Hydro says it’s encouraging everyone to be prepared for possible outages and to ensure mobile phones are fully charged.

Toronto Hydro has also advised the public to put together an emergency preparedness kit, which includes non-perishable food, water, a first aid kit, radio and flashlight with batteries, in case of outages.

Environment Canada says the strong winds are forecasted to “gradually weaken” overnight.

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