Ice storm causes power outages throughout region
The freezing rain that hit Kingston and the area overnight and into Monday, Dec. 30, 2019 has resulted in power outages throughout the region.
Utilities Kingston is reporting two areas of outages, one in the east end of the city, and the other in Kingston’s north end. The north end outage is in the area bordered by Highway 401 to the north, Montreal Street to the east, Compton Street to the south, and the western edge of Markers Acres Park to the west. That outage is affecting 432 customers, and is reportedly due to a broken branch. The estimated time of restoration is 2 p.m. The east end outage is affecting customers in both Fort Henry Heights and Barriefield, and impacting a total 650 customers, according to Utilities Kingston. This outage is due to a downed tree, and the estimated time of restoration is 3:30 p.m.
There are several Hydro One customers impacted, with several outages scattered throughout the area. The largest Hydro One outages are those affecting 4,738 customers from downtown Kingston to central Kingston, and north of Kingston past Glenburnie. This outage also stretches east to the CFB Kingston area, and there is no estimated time of restoration at time of press. Two other larger outages affecting 654 customers mainly on Wolfe Island. The estimated time of restoration for those outages is 11 p.m. There is also a Hydro One outage affecting 348 customers in the Odessa area, which did not have an estimated time of restoration at time of press, and one affecting 343 customers in Bayridge with an estimated time of restoration for 11 p.m. On top of that, there are over a dozen smaller Hydro One outages throughout the area.
Utilities Kingston customers can follow the outages, progress of work, and estimated time of power restoration here. Hydro One customers can follow the outages, progress of work, and estimated time of restoration here.
While the freezing rain has stopped, rain continues as the ice is melting, causing the accumulation of water in low laying areas. Additionally, streets, sidewalks, and parking lots continue to be slick and icy. If you don’t need to be on the roads, please stay inside and avoid travel. For those that must travel, please do so with caution, and remember to remove all ice from your vehicle prior to driving.