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Storm damage: Downed trees, power lines causing problems

After reports some people are clearing debris from downed hydro poles, police remind residents to stay away
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Update 4, 7:42 p.m.:

There have been more than 30 incidents involving downed trees and another 30 involving downed hydro poles, Greater Sudbury Police said Monday.

"Crews are addressing various areas as quickly as they can," police said in a tweet. Please stay away from the downed wires. They may still be live and are extremely dangerous. Please be patient and stay safe."

Update 3, 7:04 p.m.:

A news release from Greater Sudbury Utilities on Monday evening said 4,000 people in the city are without power, mainly in the New Sudbury area. Many will not have power until tomorrow.

"We have called in additional crews, and are dealing with emergencies and high priority areas first, and will then work our way through the system," the release said. "Please bear with us, and keep yourselves and your family safe."


Update 2, 6:50 p.m.:

Power lines are down in the Flour Mill, Minnow Lake and New Sudbury areas, Greater Sudbury Utilities said Monday.

"We are doing as much as possible to restore but there are mass reports of downed lines and it will take time," the utility tweeted Monday at 6:50 p.m. "

"With the extent of damage, we expect some people will be without power overnight. We are dealing with fires and other emergencies first, then will work our way around. Please do not call our line to ask when power will be restored. We are working on it."

Update:

Power lines are down in the Flour Mill, Minnow Lake and New Sudbury areas, Greater Sudbury Utilities said Monday.

"If you see a downed line ... stay away at least 10 metres," the utility tweeted. "We are working to restore power ... have more crews coming in. Please do not call to tell us power is out. Leave line clear for emergencies."

And Environment Canada said at 6 p.m. Monday another storm could hit Sudbury, moving in from Nairn Centre.

"Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain," a news release said. "Another strong storm 15 km northwest of Nairn Centre is moving southeast at 45 km/h.

"Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors."


Original story:

Sudbury Hydro is responding to power outages in several areas around the city after a severe storm blew through this afternoon.

Work is being done to restore power to affected areas but there are currently no estimates as to when everything will be up and running.

Did you lose power due to this afternoon's storm?

Let us know what area has been affected in the comments section below.




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