January 16, 2009 / 6:11 PM / in 9 years

Power outage hits Toronto during cold snap

TORONTO (Reuters) - A power outage left around 100,000 people without electricity in Toronto, Canada’s most populous city, on Friday during a bitter cold snap.

<p>A woman walks through a light snowfall with an umbrella in Toronto December 8, 2008. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>

A broken water main flooded a power station, cutting off electricity in a large swath of the city’s west end at around 10 p.m. EST on Thursday. A section of the city’s subway system was also shut down, making morning commuting slow and difficult for thousands.

Temperatures dropped to near minus 20 degrees Celsius (minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit) overnight.

It could take up to 24 hours from the time of outage for power to be restored to all neighborhoods, Toronto Hydro-Electric Corp, which operates the city’s electricity system, said. By midmorning, power had been restored in about half of the affected area.

Reporting by John McCrank; editing by Peter Galloway

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