Hydro One preparing for possible power outages as severe weather approaches

Hydro One reports the company is gearing up for more severe weather including high winds and heavy rain that could cause power outages in central Ontario.

There are tornado watches in Huron, Bruce, and Grey counties.

Hydro One Crews have restored power to more than 250,000 customers following recent severe weather events.

Based on Hydro One’s outage prediction tool, crews will be moved into areas that will be the hardest hit, so they’re ready to assess damage in order to quickly and safely restore power to customers.

If outages occur, customers can report their outage online through the company’s outage map and app or by calling 1-800-434-1235.

Customers registered for Outage Alerts can now report their outage by texting WATTS along with their address and the phone number on the account.

An estimated time of restoration will be determined for each outage once damage has been assessed.

Hydro One’s outage tools will be up-dated every 10 minutes as information comes in from crews on-the-ground.

Hydro One encourages customers to always be prepared for potential extended outages by having an emergency kit restocked and ready at home. Here’s what to include:

-Water and food that won’t spoil for all family members, including pets
-A manual can opener
-Windup or battery-powered flashlight and radio
-Batteries and extended battery chargers
-First aid kit and medical items
-Emergency numbers including Hydro One’s emergency line, 1-800-434-1235
-Fully charged cell-phone or have at least one corded phone at home; a cordless phone will not work in a power outage