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Ice storm - 700 still need power

Toronto's Mayor Rob Ford says 725 customers are left without power today and hydro officials say crews have been dispatched to help get all of them reconnected.

The number of those without power in the city has shrunk each day, from about 300,000 customers at the height of outages about a week ago after a fierce ice storm hit Central and Eastern Canada.

Ford, who says Toronto has never seen such a storm, says most other services, including fire, police and emergency medical services, are back to normal today.

Elsewhere in Ontario, power is still out for about 1,500 homes and businesses.

In New Brunswick, forecasters have lifted weather warnings, except for a wind chill warning that remains in effect for the northern part of the province. NB Power says 3,700 customers have yet to be reconnected.

Additional line and tree-trimming crews from the other Maritime provinces, Quebec and the United States are lending a hand in New Brunswick. Hydro Quebec says about 1,200 customers are still without electricity.

The Canadian Press

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