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UPDATE: Hydro One pin points cause of Tuesday's widespread power outage

250 thousand west end Toronto residents spent more than two hours in the dark...

Toronto Hydro outage map at 11 p.m. Tuesday
(Toronto Hydro)

Hydro One officials first wanted to set the record straight.

"The outage has nothing to do with the supply into Toronto, and it has nothing to do with aging infrastructure." said Mike Penstone, the Vice President of Planning at Hydro One.

So what knocked out power to about 250 thousand west end Toronto residents for more than 2 hours on Tuesday night?

"The outage was caused by a contact between a Hydro One transmission line, and a distribution line that was built beneath it."

Essentially, what that means, is that the demand increased, which built extra heat into the wires. When that happens, they actually sag closer to the ground.

When that happened, two wires touched, creating a flash, and power was knocked out.

As for making sure the problem doesn't happen again, Penstone says they are going to create more space between the two lines, giving them an extra buffer.

The outages also affected TTC travel. Subway service between Jane and St. George stations was suspended because of signal problems. It was back up and running after 11 p.m.

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  1. Frankie posted on 04/16/2014 03:02 AM
    I doubt some of the people that live in those areas even realized the power was out in the first place....
  2. TOO FUNNY posted on 04/16/2014 09:59 AM
    On the Warmington show last night - during the black-out - Doug Ford called in and said that there was no power failure out in the west end.

    Then again, this is no surprise, since Doug proves daily that he's in the dark.
  3. john posted on 04/16/2014 12:49 PM
    Hydro One : this what happens ladies and gentlemen if u dont pay our supper high power bills . if we cant screw u out of your heard earned money u don't get no power . we cut your and act like a clueless idiots trying to figure out what happened . oh did i say that out load ?
    1. john's mom posted on 04/16/2014 12:59 PM
      @john yu'll hav to chew the top off your can of beens todey john .
      we hav no powr for the can opnerr .
      do u want them cold or shuld I sit on them to warm them up for u ?
      and, john, yer englsh is cumming along relly good .
      dont lissen to them mean people who mak fun of your gramer .
      thay dont no how hard you werk at it .
  4. Bettie posted on 04/16/2014 05:18 PM
    Isn't there an alternative to stringing wires about? It seems so 19th century.
    1. john posted on 04/17/2014 11:59 AM
      @Bettie we can string it around the neck of the jackass who decided to let them raise the rates . over a lame ass excuse . that might work . i am sure it will .
  5. Neo posted on 04/16/2014 10:29 PM
    Alternative to stringing wires? Sure, but we cant afford it. Burying not a realistic option dollarwise.
  6. Not a Ford Fool posted on 04/17/2014 07:22 AM
    During the power outage not-really-mayor Rob went out of his way to say the problem was not Toronto Hydro's but Ontario Hydro's.

    OOPS !!
    " Wrong-again Rob" strikes again.
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