MONTREAL — About 400,000 households in Ontario and Quebec are without electricity after a snow and ice storm moving through eastern Canada snapped power lines.
Dozens of flights were postponed or canceled at airports in Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Environment Canada issued a freezing rain warning for Toronto and warned of possible “damage to structures” as winds pick up to as much as 30 miles an hour. The forecast for the Montreal area calls for up to 12 inches of snow and ice pellets.
In Toronto, Canada’s biggest city, about 250,000 Toronto Hydro customers are without power and as much as 72 hours could be required to restore service, the utility said in a statement on its website. All streetcar service in the city has been suspended due to icy power lines, the Toronto Transit Commission said in a Twitter message.
“Plan for long outages,” Toronto Hydro said in a Twitter message. “The worst weather is still to come with winds expected to pick up in the morning and into the afternoon.”
Hydro One, another Ontario-based utility, said on Twitter that about 99,000 customers are without power. About 45,000 Hydro-Quebec customers are without electricity, the Montreal- based company said on its website.
Air Canada, the country’s biggest airline, said it is waiving fees to allow passengers to change re-book flights, space permitting. The winter storms are impacting operations, the carrier said today in a statement.
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