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Thousands Still Without Power As Wild Wind Storm Hits Kawartha Lakes

KAWARTHA LAKES-Thousands of local residents are without power this morning after a wicked wind storm blew through the area Saturday night.

Hydro One says 280,000 homes across the province lost power in the storm. Many of them have had hydro restored but thousands remain without power today. Officials with Hydro One say it could be 6 pm or later before power is fully restored.

“Hydro One crews are responding to significant power outages caused by extreme winds with gusts over 100 km an hour that swept through the province Saturday afternoon into the evening. Significant damage has been reported including broken poles, fallen trees and hazardous road conditions,”  said Hydro One.

The company says it is bringing in staff from other areas not affected by the storm to assist with assessing the damage and restoring power.

According to the outage map, there are still 36 outages in Kawartha Lakes with 3,322 homes impacted. The estimated restoration time is 6pm.

Peggy Laidlaw who lives in the Indian Point area on Balsam Lake reported severe damage with a number of trees down. A hydro pole caught fire just south of Kinmount with hydro lines falling on the road. Read more here:https://www.kawartha411.ca/2021/12/11/crews-repsond-to-hydro-pole-fire-south-of-kinmount/

Trees are reported down on the main street in Fenelon Falls.

Fenelon Falls Courtesy Derek Coulter

A couple of trees are down along Highway 36 between Bobcaygeon and Dunsford. A resident has reported a downed line on King Street in Bobcaygeon. A transformer was reported to be on fire at Oak Shores while the treetops were on fire on Bass Lake Road.

Bass Lake Road Courtesy Rose Kemp


Environment Canada had issued a Wind Warning for the area for Saturday.

Thank you to our hydro crews for their hard work!

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Pamela Vanmeer
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Pamela VanMeer is a two time winner of the prestigious Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award. Her investigative reports on abuse in Long Term Care Homes garnered international attention for the issue and won the Ron Laidlaw Award. She is a former reporter and anchor at CHEX News, now Global Peterborough and helped launch the New CHEX Daily, a daily half hour talk show. While at CHCH News in Hamilton she covered some of the biggest news stories of the day.

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