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Thousands have no power after storm

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says hydro crews have restored electricity to 75,000 customers who lost power after a weekend ice storm wreaked havoc from southwestern Ontario to the Atlantic Coast.

Ford says approximately 200,000 customers still have no electricity after ice splintered a huge number of trees and turned roads and sidewalks into skating rinks.

He told a morning news conference that hydro crews are working non-stop to clear downed trees and branches and get power restored as soon as possible.

Ford repeated that he has no plans to declare a state of emergency, saying the situation was nowhere near as bad as the big ice storm of 1998.

Across Ontario about another 120,000 customers remained without power and hydro officials were advising that it could take "multiple days" to get everyone reconnected.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne told a news conference Sunday that the province would provide support to municipal emergency crews as they scramble to do their jobs.

Much of Toronto's transit system was operational again in time for today's morning commute but there was still not service at some subway stations.

Air travellers were still being frustrated by numerous flight cancellations and delays at Pearson International Airport.

The storm system also coated much of southern Quebec in ice, and continues to produce freezing drizzle in parts of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.

Some 50,000 customers in Quebec and about 6,000 more in New Brunswick were still without power as of late Sunday night.

The Canadian Press

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