Power comes back on in Eastern Canada after storm

Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:57pm EST
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TORONTO (Reuters) - The lights came on again Monday at thousands of homes in Eastern Canada after the region was battered by gale-force winds over the weekend, causing widespread power outages.

Electricity distributor Hydro One said it had restored power to 145,000 people in Ontario, or more than half the 235,000 customers affected by Sunday's severe windstorm. By late Monday afternoon, about 90,000 remained without power, the provincially owned utility said.

In neighboring areas of Quebec, an estimated 32,000 were still without power by late afternoon, according to media reports.

Southern regions of Ontario and Quebec were blasted by winds of up to 100 km per hour (62 mph) on Sunday, which brought down power lines and trees, and damaged buildings across the two provinces.

Downed lines and trees forced some road closures, and a tractor-trailer was flipped over near Toronto by the powerful winds. There were no reports of injuries.

(Reporting by Rob Wilson; Editing by Frank McGurty and Jeffrey Jones)