Several hours of freezing rain have coated parts of the capital in ice, snapping power poles and turning streets into skating rinks.
Thousands of homes and businesses in Ottawa and eastern Ontario lost power, thanks to fallen hydro lines and, in some cases, snapped power poles. Hydro Ottawa shared this video of the damage at the Trainyards shopping centre.
Our crews have their work cut out for them today, as this VIDEO of multiple poles down along Limebank Road shows. Thanks for your patience as our crews work on more than 100 outages across our city. We are here for the long haul today/tonight. #onstorm #ottnews #IceStorm2018 pic.twitter.com/4znrkNwcGJ— Hydro Ottawa (@hydroottawa) April 16, 2018
Several trees bowed and limbs snapped under the weight of several millimetres of ice.
1310 NEWS Meteorologist Jill Taylor timed her tropical vacation perfectly, during the recent cold and dreary weather. But because of the freezing rain grounding flights, she's now stuck in Aruba.