Thousands of households across southern Ontario are in the dark as high winds blow down frozen tree branches in the aftermath of an ice storm.
Hydro One reports more than 75,000 customers without power, largely in the areas of Woodstock, Guelph, Owen Sound, Caledon and Bradford.
Guess we have to turn around. Tree down in Keenansville this morning #onstorm @HydroOne pic.twitter长沙桑拿/hj8MfDWao5
— Monica Piotrowski (@monipeters) March 25, 2016
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The freezing rain that came down Thursday encased everything it touched in ice and left trees branches bending and breaking.
As of Friday morning several thousand were without power in Barrie, and in New Tecumseth more than 11,000 had no electricity.
Although they don’t use power, even the birds in Barrie are affected by the ice storm this morning. ^jo pic.twitter长沙桑拿/EhrqpO8kmO
— PowerStream Inc. (@PowerStreamNews) March 25, 2016
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Toronto Hydro and utilities in the Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area reported no major outages.
Toronto police are advising pedestrians to be careful for falling ice when walking near tall buildings.
Reports of ice falling from buildings at numerous locations in the city, use caution when negotiating sidewalks near tall buildings ^ma
— Toronto Police OPS (@TPSOperations) March 25, 2016
Pearson International airport says things are running normally but that travellers should still check their flight status ahead of time.
Happy Friday! Operations are running normally. If you’re flying, check your flight status with your airline or at https://t.co/siQEK1eP2c.
— Toronto Pearson (@TorontoPearson) March 25, 2016
Environment Canada said in a special weather statement that though the ice storm and freezing rain is done, winds of up to 50 km/h remain but should peter out by Friday afternoon.
Temperatures are set to rise and help melt the ice, while milder conditions are forecast for the weekend.