Oct. 23 storm causes power outage

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BROCKTON – When freakishly warm weather switches abruptly to cold, people who live in a tornado-prone area – like midwestern Ontario – batten down the hatches and head for the basement.

Amidst tornado warnings, an ominous, deep-purple wall cloud rolled across the area, triggering violent winds and thunderstorms. Many people were left without power.

Hydro One stated the hardest hit areas included Bracebridge, Huntsville and Owen Sound. As of Saturday morning, there were 168 reported outages involving almost 30,000 customers. Estimates for restoring power stated that for some people, it could be Sunday before the lights came back on.

Crews were using helicopters and off-road vehicles to assess damage and restore power.

In Walkerton, the power went out just before 5 p.m., turning intersections protected by stop lights into four-way stops. Gas stations and other businesses closed their doors. Power was restored about 7 p.m., according to one of the affected businesses. Westario stated the outage resulted from a loss of supply from Hydro One.

Hydro One warns that power failures can result from severe weather. People should stay clear of downed lines – keep at least 10 metres back even if you think the line is dead.

Pauline Kerr, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Walkerton Herald Times