Two superstorm Sandy deaths in Canada

Sandy wreaked havoc in Toronto, toppling multiple trees on cars, property and homes. (STAN...

Sandy wreaked havoc in Toronto, toppling multiple trees on cars, property and homes. (STAN BEHAL/QMI Agency)

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, Last Updated: 4:40 PM ET

Two Canadians are dead and thousands are without power as post-tropical storm Sandy diminishes.

Hydro crews in Ontario have been working around the clock to get power back to thousands of homes and businesses in Sandy's wake.

Less than 10,000 homes and businesses remained without electricity in Ontario as of Wednesday morning, as well as about 600 in New Brunswick. About 1,700 customers didn't have power Wednesday in Nova Scotia due to lightning strikes, but Nova Scotia Power said it was restored later that day.

Workers from power companies in Canada, including Ottawa and Nova Scotia, have also travelled to Newton, Conn., Wednesday to help get electricity back to half a million homes after hurricane Sandy struck.

"Restoring power is a specialized skill and the electricity industry supports each other in these times of need," Bryce Conrad, Hydro Ottawa's president and CEO, said in a release.

A hydro worker was electrocuted while repairing damaged power lines in Sarnia, Ont., on Wednesday morning, the Ontario Labour Ministry said. It will investigate the man's death.

This is the second death related to superstorm Sandy in Canada. A woman in her 50s died on Monday night when she was hit by a blowing sign in Toronto.

In the U.S., 64 people have died in relation to the massive storm.

Sandy has been blamed for at least 71 deaths in the Caribbean.

Damages in the U.S., where the hurricane made landfall Monday night, could exceed $20 billion. That's nearly double the cost of hurricane Irene in 2011.

Total damages in Canada aren't yet clear. However, Toronto Hydro estimates power line repairs will cost $1 million.

Sandy has weakened significantly as it heads north, Environment Canada said, but it doesn't mean the rain and wind is over.

Forecasters said freezing rain and snow is possible parts of northeastern Ontario, the Kapuskasing-Hearst and Chapleau-Gogama regions, into Thursday, the weather service advised in its latest bulletin.

In Quebec, the rain and wind is expected to continue, specifically along the St. Lawrence River, and the Gaspe region, where 50-70 mm of precipitation may fall by Thursday. Strong winds of up to 100 km/h were forecast for Wednesday night.

Maritimes residents should expect more rain, and southwestern Newfoundland could get wind gusts of up to 110 km/h into Thursday, Environment Canada said, but it's unrelated to the Sandy storm.


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