Ice storm leaves more than 250,000 without power in Toronto

An ice-covered tree branch that came down after freezing rain blocks a road in Toronto, Dec. 22,...

An ice-covered tree branch that came down after freezing rain blocks a road in Toronto, Dec. 22, 2013. (REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang)

Jenny Yuen, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:21 PM ET

More than 250,000 Toronto residents woke up Sunday to find the ice storm that walloped the GTA left them without power, according to Toronto Hydro.

And it will take crews up to 72 hours to finalize repairs.

"It will probably stay up in that range until we get the larger outages restored," said Toronto Hydro spokesman Tanya Bruckmueller. "Right now, we're preparing for the worst."

The ice storm knocked down trees. littered streets with branches and made getting around treacherous. The freezing rain was expected to end later Sunday.

Garnet Fulton, 50, said he was taking pictures in the Dupont St.-Spadina Rd. area when he heard a loud bang on a side street.

A large tree "just came down" smashing into a parked van and causing other damage, said the Dupont St. resident.

 


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