Several GTA homes went without power this morning, as the city plunged into some of its coldest temperatures of 2020. A major Toronto power outage shut down parts of the city’s southeast end on Friday, January 17, 2020, placing an estimated 4,000 customers in the dark. Twitter users were reporting that areas such as Leslieville and the city’s Distillery District had been without power since around 9:00 a.m.

“We are experiencing an outage on our transmission system that's affecting @TorontoHydro . Crews are working as quickly as possible to investigate the issue and restore power. We will provide more information as it becomes available,” Hydro One wrote on Twitter.

Narcity reached out to Hydro One, who confirmed that a small fire at the company’s Basin power station had caused the outage. Emergency crews and hydro workers were sent to the site to respond to the situation.

It was initially estimated that power would be restored to the areas by 11:00 a.m. However, crews were able to get the job done by around 10:30 a.m.

“Power has been restored to @TorontoHydro . Huge thanks to @Toronto_Fire and @TorontoHydro crews for working with us to make the station safe and get power back. Our crews continue to investigate the issue and make permanent repairs,” an update read.

Several TTC routes were impacted as a result of the outage, as the TTC announced that many traffic lights were not working in the area. 

Commuters travelling on the 506, 501, 503, 22, 72, 83, 92, or 121 may still experience delays.

The outage couldn’t come at a worse time as the city issued its second Toronto extreme cold weather alert of 2020 on Thursday as negative double-digit temps are expected overnight.

Any customers still without power are being asked to contact Toronto Hydro’s dispatch team directly at 416-542-8000.

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