A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect this afternoon for most of southwestern Ontario.
The weather watch extends across London-Middlesex, Huron-Perth and the Oxford-Brant region. Windsor-Essex, and Chatham-Kent are also impacted.
Spokesperson Alicia Sayers said Hydro One is gearing up for high winds and heavy rain that could cause power outages across central Ontario.
She advised customers to have Hydro One’s emergency number, 1-800-434-1235, on hand, in the case of outages and downed power lines.
“We want them to call us as well as the police for any downed lines, and to always stay a safe distance away,” Sayers said. “What that means is generally at least 10 metres or the length of a school bus, and always treat it as a live line and wait until emergency services and Hydro One arrive on scene.”
Customers should restock their emergency preparedness kits with the following:
- Water and food that won’t spoil for all family members, including pets
- A manual can opener
- Windup or battery-powered flashlight and radio
- Batteries and extended battery chargers
- First aid kit and medical items
- Fully charged cell-phone or have at least one corded phone at home; a cordless phone will not work in a power outage
Sayers said crews are currently working to restore power in areas that saw extensive damage from storm activity on Sunday night.
1,900 customers in the Aylmer, Simcoe and Strathroy areas should have their power restored tonight.