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    Default Toronto Hit By Blackout After Transformer Fire

    By Cameron French Cameron French – 29 mins ago

    TORONTO (Reuters) – A fire at a Toronto transformer station knocked out power to much of the city on Monday, snarling traffic in the midst of a blistering heatwave, but appearing to have little impact on financial markets.

    Hydro One, the provincial power company, said the blackout was due to a fire at a transformer station in west Toronto. The company said firefighters were still battling the fire and said it was working to restore power.

    Just after 6:00 p.m. (2200 GMT), power was beginning to be restored on parts of the system.

    The outage, which brought back memories of the 2003 blackout that hit Toronto and much of the U.S. eastern seaboard, also affected power at the Fairmont Royal York hotel in downtown Toronto, where Queen Elizabeth is due to have dinner later on Monday.

    The outage hit around 4:45 p.m. on the hottest day of the year so far in Toronto. By late afternoon, temperatures were still well above 30 degrees Celsius in high humidity, prompting heavy use of air conditioners.

    A power outage map on the website of Toronto Hydro showed much of the western half of Toronto affected by the power outage.

    The blackout darkened screens on some trading floors of downtown banks and knocked out traffic lights, prompting some people to exit their cars and direct traffic.
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    why would some random person get out adn start directing traffic people don't have that much road rage in toronto do they?
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    why would some random person get out adn start directing traffic people don't have that much road rage in toronto do they?
    Yes, there is a lot of road rage. There are a fair share of nutcases on my daily commute to come to that conclusion.

    Luckily, I had just been to the liquor store and had a fridge full of cold beer when the power went out. Traffic was looking ugly from my balcony.

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    Every summer there is some B.S going with Toronto.

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