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Hydro One says its crews have been working flat out to restore power for thousands of customers after a ferocious wind storm.

The utility said early Monday morning that some 238,000 homes and businesses had yet to be reconnected after wind gusts topping 100 km/hour started lashing the province Sunday.

It noted on its website that some customers would likely have to wait until Monday afternoon or evening to have the lights turned back on.

The outage area stretched from Windsor, Ont., in the south to the Sudbury, Ont., area in the north, and all the way east to the Ottawa area.

In many places the powerful winds knocked downed trees and branches that pulled down power lines, some of which blocked roads.

A damaged COVID-19 testing centre in Brampton, Ont., had to close for the day as staff repaired the outdoor facility at South Fletcher’s Sportsplex.

All appointments scheduled for Monday at the centre were cancelled and the William Osler Health Centre said patients were being contacted directly to help them rebook.

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