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Thousands of customers without power in Oro-Medonte, Springwater areas

Emergency crews dealing with outages all over Simcoe County
pine falls on jeep in cumberland beach
A large pine tree in Cumberland Beach was felled by high winds Sunday. The tree crushed the family's Jeep and also took out power lines. Contributed photo

Thousands of people were without electricity in Oro-Medonte and Springwater, Sunday afternoon. 

Hydro One was reporting approximately 5,700 customers without power around Craighurst and Horseshoe Valley. Crews were dispatched and power was expected to be restored around 6 p.m.

There was also another outage affecting around 2,800 customers in the Elmvale area.

Another 300 customers in the Atherley area are without power. Restoration expected around 6:15 p.m., according to Hydro One. 

By 7 p.m., Hydro One was only reporting a small number of outages in the area, including around 600 customers in the Shanty Bay area. 

Environment Canada issued a weather alert on Sunday calling for winds of up to 80 kilometres per hour in the Barrie area, including Collingwood, Hillsdale, Orillia, Lagoon City, and Washago. 

The strengthening low-pressure system was expected to track across northeastern Ontario, with winds strengthening throughout the day.

"The highest winds are expected to be ushered in with the passage of a cold front late this afternoon, where southwest winds gusting up to 80 km/h are forecast," according to the alert. "Local power outages are possible. Strong winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break."

Winds are expected to ease by Monday morning.

Close to 10,000 Alectra customers were without electricity in Barrie this afternoon, according to the local power utility. 

Alectra reported close to 8,600 customers without power in the southeast end of town, including the areas around Yonge Street, Mapleview Drive East, Big Bay Point Road, Country Lane, Dock Road, Hurst Drive, Minet's Point Road, and Prince William Way.

There was also an outage around the Allandale area that is affecting another 1,300 customers. Some of the streets affected include Bayview Drive, Burton Avenue, Cumberland Street, Dunlop Street West, Essa Road, Innisfil Street, and Lakeshore Drive.

A third outage was also affecting 132 customers in a north-end neighbourhood around Alliance Boulevard, Cundles Road, and St. Vincent Street. 

Emergency crews and hydro personnel were responding to several calls around the city. 

By 7 p.m., Alectra was only dealing with a small number of customers still without power in Barrie's south end. 

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Emergency crews were also handling outages elsewhere around Simcoe County. 

In Clearview Township, Fire Chief Roree Payment says nearly all crews busy with wires down calls throughout the township.

"A reminder that downed wires should be treated as live wires and driving over them or getting out to move them could prove fatal," he said in a tweet around 4 p.m.

Raymond Bowe

About the Author: Raymond Bowe

Raymond is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting from Simcoe County since 2000
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