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UPDATE: Fresh power outages expected Thursday

Environment Canada forecasting winds of 20-40 km/h

The head of Toronto Hydro says it's "quite likely" the city will see a fresh round of power outages Thursday night.

Environment Canada expcts winds in the 20 km/h-40 km/h range in spots still vulnerable from the weekend ice storm.

"We're not talking about fierce winds", says senior climatologist David Phillips. He admits, the agency wouldn't normally sound alarm bells over winds of this strenght, but he says they are strong enough to bring down branches coated with ice and now laden with fresh snow .

The agency says that will likely mean sporadic outages. Anthony Haines, CEO of Toronto Hydro says you can count on it.

"Given our history over the last 12 hours, I think that that's something that we should expect to have happen", said Haines on Thursday afternoon.

A special weather statement about winds covers the following communities:

Belleville
Durham Region
Halton Region
Kingston
Northumberland
Peel Region
Prince Edward County
Quinte
Toronto
York Region
Waterloo
Wellington County

RELATED: 54,000 Toronto homes still without power

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  1. karen posted on 12/26/2013 02:37 PM
    All of the discomfort and cost would have been avoided with the power of a simple 9-volt battery and suitable adapter to turn on natural gas furnaces.
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