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A massive weather system is disrupting city transit and flights in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes with officials warning outages could last until Christmas Day

Pedestrians walk under a large tree that fell on Chester Street in Toronto, on Dec. 22, 2013.

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A severe storm covered a number of large Santas on Toronto's Inglewood Drive with ice, forcing most of them to topple over because of the weight.

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A couple takes a "selfie" following an ice storm in Toronto, December 22, 2013.

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Richard Aldritt uses a hand saw to remove fallen tree branches from his street in Hamilton on December 22, 2013. Freezing rain and sub-zero temperature have caused power outages and dangerous conditions across across Ontario.

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Vehicles navigate around a large tree that has fallen across Wilson Street in Ancaster on December 22, 2013. Freezing rain and sub-zero temperature have caused power outages and dangerous conditions across across Ontario.

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City crews work to clear branches and reconnect downed power lines in downtown Brampton, December 22, 2013.

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A row of trees bend to the ground blocking the sidewalk in Brampton, December 22, 2013.

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Mike Nunnaro cuts up a tree brought down by the weight of ice, in downtown Brampton, December 22, 2013.

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Ice build up and traffic lights that weren't working due to power outages were added hazards for drivers and pedestrians alike Ancaster on December 22, 2013. Freezing rain and sub-zero temperature have caused power outages and dangerous conditions across across Ontario.

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Residents band together to clear their street of downed tree limbs while avoiding downed power lines in downtown Brampton, December 22, 2013.

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A white towel is placed over a downed powerline to alert passing vehicles after freezing rain in Toronto, Ontario December 22, 2013. Thousands of households are without power in the Greater Toronto area following an overnight ice storm.

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A downed powerline runs over a parked vehicle after ice-covered tree branches came down after freezing rain in Toronto, Ontario December 22, 2013. Thousands of households are without power in the Greater Toronto area following an overnight ice storm.

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Marty Bowle cuts away downed tree branches in the front yard of this house in downtown Brampton, December 22, 2013.

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Dave Jones scrapes ice off his vehicle windshield after freezing rain blanketed Toronto, Ontario December 22, 2013. Thousands of households are without power in the Greater Toronto area following an overnight ice storm.

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A salt truck makes its way up a mountain access in Hamilton on December 22, 2013. Freezing rain and sub-zero temperature have caused power outages and dangerous conditions across across Ontario.

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A woman still holds her umbrella after just arriving at a bus shelter in the freezing rain in Hamilton on December 22, 2013. Freezing rain and sub-zero temperature have caused power outages and dangerous conditions across across Ontario.

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John Aldritt uses long gardening shears to remove branches from a fallen Sugar Maple tree that had fallen and taken out the power lines to his family's home in Ancaster on December 22, 2013. Freezing rain and sub-zero temperature have caused power outages and dangerous conditions across across Ontario.

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Pedestrians walk along Palmerston Boulevard in Toronto, Ont. Dec. 22/2013. Freezing rain left the region covered in ice causing treacherous road conditions and major power outages.

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A woman walks along Palmerston Boulevard in Toronto, Ont. Dec. 22/2013. Freezing rain left the region covered in ice causing treacherous road conditions and major power outages.

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An ice covered statue of Al Waxman is seen in Toronto's Kensington Market Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013 after an ice storm hit the city.

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Freezing rain cloaked tree branches and hedges in ice as a severe weather system moves through southern and eastern Ontario making roads and sidewalks slick and slippery on Dec. 21 2013.

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A layer of ice coats the leaves of a Japanese maple tree after an ice storm in Toronto December 22, 2013.

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A truck parked on Cleveland St. was damaged when a large branch fell onto it, breaking several windows and moving it a few feet closer to the sidewalk on Dec. 22 2013. Trees branches caked in thick layers of ice fell down all over Toronto after a severe weather system moved through southern and eastern Ontario making roads and sidewalks slick and slippery on Dec. 22 2013.

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Pedestrians walk under a large tree that fell on Chester Street in Toronto on Dec. 22, 2013 early Sunday morning the ice storm. Approximately 250,000 people were without power after the storm.

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The Boyle family clears parts of a downed tree in downtown Brampton, December 22, 2013.

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A driver scrapes ice from his windshield in Brampton, December 22, 2013.

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