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Statement on Hurricane Sandy From Ontario Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley - Oct 30, 2012

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Statement on Hurricane Sandy From Ontario Minister of Energy, Chris Bentley - Oct 30, 2012

Today, Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy issued the following statement:

Today, Chris Bentley, Minister of Energy issued the following statement:

"I have just received an update from Hydro One and local distribution companies across the province. As of 4:30 this afternoon, hydro crews have restored power for 113,000 customers hit at the peak of the storm, and are working to turn the lights back on for the remaining 37,000 customers still without power.

We expect that we have reached the peak of storm-related outages, but continuing heavy winds and rain could affect restoration efforts. Many utilities expect that power will be restored throughout the evening and into tomorrow. However, with localized or remote outages power restoration may take more time.

I can assure Ontarians that hydro crews have been working throughout the night and day today to restore power for families and businesses. Affected utilities across the province are working very hard to restore power under difficult weather conditions and challenging circumstances.

Hurricane related updates can be found at www.ontario.ca/sandy. Hydro customers can also contact their local power company for up-to-date, local information. Customers may call the phone number located on their utility bill or check their local utility's website.

Ontario Power Generation staff have completed a post-storm check of all generating facilities and infrastructure and have found that all are operating normally and report no negative impacts from the storm."

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