Parts of Toronto's downtown core fell into darkness after a widespread power outage hit the city around noon. Toronto Hydro says a failed cable was the cause of the outage.
Businesses shut down in the Yonge and King area of downtown Toronto after a power outage took down multiple buildings at about 11:30 am today. Reports indicate power is now being restored to various buildings in the area.
In a phone interview with Digital Journal, Toronto Hydro spokesperson Tanya Bruckmueller said power was out from Shuter in the north to the Esplanade and from Bay Street to Jarvis.
"There is one cable that has failed at one sub-station," she said. "At this time we are unclear as to why the cable has failed. Crews are at the scene working on the matter at this time. There is no time frame as to how long this will take."
Bruckmueller said the power outage was not caused by G20 work and that the outage is not expected to spread.
Of concern to many Torontonians are the hospitals in the affected area. St. Michael's Hospital was struck by the outage but it operated on emergency power.
With files from Digital Journalist, KJ Mullins