Last Updated: Monday, December 23, 2013

Toronto ice storm 2013: Nearly 500,000 without electricity

Heavy ice storms in Canada have left nearly 500,000 people without electricity including 300,000 in Toronto alone.

Some 200 flights have been cancelled at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Sunday.

It is expected to take up to three days to restore power to all customers in Toronto.

This is what Anthony Haines, the president of Toronto Hydro said
"Truly one of the worst ice storms we’ve seen here in Ontario"
Below are some photos of Toronto ice storm 2013 (Peter Thompson/National Post).




Various warming centres have been opened on an emergency basis for those who lost power in the Toronto ice storm.

Red Cross list of warming centres in Toronto
  • Dennis R. Timbrell Resource Centre
  • Malvern Community Centre
  • Agincourt Recreation Centre
  • Driftwood Community Recreation Centre
  • Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre
  • Mitchell Field Community Centre
  • Franklin Horner Community Centre
  • McGregor Park Recreation Centre
Tornadoes and snowstorms in United States have claimed lives of at least eight people on Sunday.

Freezing rain is common in Canada. North American Ice Storm of 1998 had claimed lives of 35 people including 28 in Canada.

Original post: Natural Disasters List December 22, 2013