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A dark and cold Christmas for thousands in Toronto

TORONTO (NEWS1130) – Hydro crews continue to work around the clock to restore power in the Toronto area after the weekend’s ice storm left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses in the dark.

According to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, 90,000 Toronto Hydro customers were without power as of 11 a.m., which is down from the 300,000 who were in the dark at the height of the storm.

Toronto Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly expects Toronto Hydro power outages should be reduced to 40,000 households by Christmas Day.

The utility says now that critical customers have been addressed, it is working to fix major feeder lines to restore power to “large numbers of customers.”

During a morning news conference, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford emphasized that the power outage will not be fully resolved by Christmas Day.

“That’s not going to happen, folks,” he said, explaining that the last 50,000 homes without power will take the most time to restore, since in most cases it’s just one house per street without power.

Scarborough is the hardest-hit area.

Meanwhile, Emergency Medical Services has attended to 3,100 calls in the last 24 hours, four times more than average, according to Ford.