Some 110,000 customers without power in Ontario

Thu Jan 10, 2008 9:46am EST
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - More than 110,000 customers of Hydro One in Ontario still had no service Thursday, a day after the area was hit by severe wind storms, a spokeswoman for the province-owned transmission and distribution company said.

At their peak, the spokeswoman said, the outages affected about 140,000 customers. Hydro One serves about 1.3 million homes and businesses in the province.

The spokeswoman said the utility hoped to restore power to most customers by the weekend.

She noted, however, that meteorologists forecast a snow and rain storm would move across the province on Friday, which could hamper restoration efforts and cause new outages.

Elsewhere, the wind storms left more than 125,000 customers in the dark in upstate New York on Wednesday and 62,000 customers without power in Ohio.

One New York utility, Energy East Corp's Rochester Gas and Electric subsidiary, said it reduced outages from a high of 33,000 customers Wednesday to about 23,000 Thursday morning.

Other utilities in New York were not available Thursday morning to comment on their outages.

(Reporting by Scott DiSavino; Editing by Walter Bagley)