Thousands still without power today across Muskoka

Thousands are still without power in Muskoka today following last night’s severe thunderstorms across the region.

Here’s the latest Estimated Restoration Times (ETR) according to Hydro One (as of 7am) for still affected areas:

Muskoka Lakes
– Mainland area near and including Tondern Island – ETR is 4pm today (600 customers still affected)
– Areas near Acton Island – ETR is 4pm (5,465 customers still affected)
– Lake Rosseau – ETR is 4pm (800 customers still affected)
– Utterson area – ETR is 4pm (60 customers still affected)
– Mactier area – ETR is 1pm (26 customers still affected)

Between Bracebridge and Baysville
– ETR is 4pm (600 customers still affected)

South end of Lake of Bays
– ETR is 4pm (600 customers still affected)

North end of Lake of Bays and Bigwin Island
– ETR is 1pm (450 customers still affected)

Huntsville and surrounding areas
– ETR is 1pm (250 customers still affected)

North of Emsdale
– ETR is 1pm (100 customers still affected)

West of Emsdale
– ETR is 1pm (1,908 customers affected)

Severe thunderstorm warning ended for Muskoka

The Severe Thunderstorm Warning has ended for Muskoka.

PRIOR: *As of 8:18 PM EDT Friday 08 July 2016

A severe thunderstorm warning in effect for:

Muskoka 

At 6:18 p.m. EDT, Environment Canada meteorologists started tracking a severe thunderstorm capable of producing very strong wind gusts, nickel to ping pong ball size hail and heavy rain.

Radar shows several storms in the regions are producing hail 2 to 4 centimetres in diameter. Wind gusts to 90 kilometres per hour and heavy downpours are likely with these storms.

Take cover immediately, if threatening weather approaches. Remember, severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

The Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management recommends that you take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches.

Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca or tweet reports to #ONStorm. (Photo of funnel cloud forming over Minnett by Norah Fountain)

For more information:
http://www.emergencymanagementontario.ca/english/beprepared/beprepared.html.