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Remote parts of Bancroft, Tweed to remain without power for days or weeks after storm

Utility workers use bucket lifts to repair lines along Hawthorne Road after Saturday’s major storm caused significant damage to the city’s power distribution network, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Remote parts of eastern Ontario will be without power for days or in some cases weeks following a deadly storm on May 21.

Hydro One says that over 2,800 customers in Bancroft and Tweed are still without power.

A spokeswoman says that due to the severity of damage, some customers in rural, remote and island locations in Bancroft will be without power for several more days. 

In the Tweed area, Hydro One warns that a small number of customers may be without power for several more weeks due to the extraordinary level of damage.

The utility says 166 properties in Peterborough still don't have electricity and two in Perth are without power.

Hydro Ottawa says that 1,400 of its customers are still without power.

The utility says that the properties remain without power due to tree contacts, damaged equipment or other interference.

The storm killed 11 people in Ontario and Quebec and left hundreds of thousands in the dark after high winds toppled countless hydro poles and trees.

Environment Canada has said the severe weather involved a derecho — a rare widespread windstorm associated with a line of thunderstorms — that developed near Sarnia, Ont., and moved northeast across the province, ending in Quebec City.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 1, 2022.

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