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Power restored after Toronto outage

Last Updated Feb 13, 2016 at 6:51 pm EDT

Power has been restored after day-long outage left thousands of Toronto residents in the cold.

The city was in the midst of an extreme cold weather alert on Saturday when Toronto Hydro announced it was dealing with three separate outages.

By 5:15 p.m. all power had been completely restored.

It was not a moment too soon for resident George, who had to get creative when it came to staying warm.

“It’s getting cold, real cold,” he told CityNews.

“I have to sit with my coat on in my apartment.”

The extreme cold is “wreaking havoc” on aging equipment and infrastructure, Toronto Hydro’s Brian Buchan said, and it also made it difficult for crews to work.

Crews are “braving the elements to restore power,” he said.

The last remaining outage was in Etobicoke, where about 200 people were affected. The outage was in the area of Islington Avenue, Dundas Street and Royal York Road.

Downtown, another 1,600 customers were without power in the area of Carlton to Queen streets and Jarvis to Parliament streets. That was because of a downed wire. Power was fully restored as of 2 p.m.

Three hundred customers in North York, in the area bounded by Steeles Avenue, Bayview Avenue, Finch Avenue, and Yonge Street, were affected. Power was restored as of 2:15 p.m.