UPDATE: Power Restored After Major OutageAugust 14, 2017 4:18pm
Hydro One crews have restored power for customers in Lambton County and beyond, following a massive outage on Monday.
The outage, which was centred in Plympton-Wyoming, impacted nearly 14,000 customers starting at around 4pm. Another 3,000 Entegrus customers in Strathroy were also impacted.
Power was restored to all areas around 8:45pm.
According to Hydro One, the service disruption was caused after a tractor struck a transmission line. Hydro crews are working to resolve the issue.
Lambton County OPP urged caution during the outage after it caused some traffic issues in the area.
“Motorists and pedestrians are reminded to exercise patience and proceed with caution when traveling on roadways and highways throughout Lambton County,” the OPP says in a release. ” Motorists are also reminded that when approaching traffic light controlled intersections to proceed as if the intersection was a four way stop.”
Ironically it was on this day 14 years ago, August 14, 2003, that the biggest blackout in North American history hit most of Ontario and the eastern seaboard, leaving 50-million people without power.