Power Outage in Downtown TORONTO, August 11, (MBE) TORONTO. Power has been restored to downtown Toronto this Thursday following an outage put offices of the country’s most prestigious businesses in darkness. It also caused the evacuation of one of the city’s largest shopping centres and forced individuals in elevators.
Hydro One (H.TO), the largest electricity distribution company in Ontario said that a barge moving an unmanned crane struck three transmission lines that are high-voltage, which caused damage to equipment at an energy station.
“Earlier today evening Toronto Fire evacuated the facility, allowing our teams to safely redirect and restore the power supply for Toronto Hydro,” it stated in a statement referring to the company which provides electricity to downtown Toronto.
Toronto is the country’s largest city and also its capital city for financial services and the business district in the centre is home to Canada’s largest banks, insurers and the stock exchange operator.
“Came into town to spend the day” – Right before the power was shutoff, i climbed into an elevator. Still the area. A terrible timing,” Canada’s immigration minister, Sean Fraser, said in a tweet on 1:10 p.m. Removed from the elevator that happened later. The branches of the largest banks, such as Royal Bank of Canada (RY.TO) & Toronto-Dominion Bank (TD.TO). Also, Bank of Montreal (BMO.TO) in the affected zone were closed. According to an MBE witness. In few places. Sheer darkness is what many employees were seen in, obviously.
None of The Banks Has Made Any Immediate Remarks.
“It was 12:39. We were in the office, and then the screen went black,” said Santiago Orazco who works at Scotia Plaza, in downtown Toronto. “A number of people have escaped from the emergency door , along together with us.”
Underground metro operator TTC claimed that it was operating normally, even but the interruption triggered air cooling. TTC advised that customers using streetcars could experience significant delays.
The Toronto Stock Exchange said its offices were temporarily without power, but the systems didn’t. Damaged is the status of some buildings. According to what University of Toronto said.
The downtime led to traffic light signals not work in one location as per an MBE witness.
The outage began around 12 noon Eastern Time (1600 GMT). A few Hydro One customers posted concerns on Twitter.
The power outage comes one month after an error in the system of Rogers Communications Inc (RCIb.TO) affected telecom services for a large amount of users and other services across Canada for more than 19 hours.