|Thousands face dark Christmas without power in frozen Toronto, air and road travel disrupted
Fewer than 200,000 customers in Canada's largest city are now without power following a weekend ice storm that wreaked havoc through Ontario to the Atlantic coast, Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said.
Ford said utility workers from Michigan, Manitoba and elsewhere are in Ontario will assist in the efforts to restore power.
More 100,000 customers had power restored in the city, but about 190,000 customers are still without power, Ford said.
Toronto Hydro chief executive Anthony Haines said some customers may not get power back until after Christmas on the 26th, AP reports.
The freezing rain turned roads and sidewalks into skating rinks Sunday and hit holiday plans at one of the busiest travel times of the year.
Air travelers were still being frustrated by dozens of flight cancellations and delays at Toronto's Pearson International Airport and at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.
The first full day of winter also brought ice and high wind in the upper US Midwest and northeastern New England states and flooding in the South.
Hundreds of thousands of people from Michigan to Maine remained without power Monday morning. It could be days before the lights are back on everywhere.
At least nine deaths were blamed on the storm in the US, including five people killed in flooding in Kentucky, three traffic deaths on slick roads in Oklahoma, and a woman who died after a tornado with winds of 209 kph struck in Arkansas. Five people were killed in eastern Canada in highway crashes blamed on severe weather conditions.
Ford called it one of the worst storms in Toronto's history.
Anxious passengers found themselves stranded in airports from Toronto toSt. John's, Newfoundland. Police warned people to stay off the roads if possible.
In the US, more than 700 airline flights were canceled Sunday and more than 11,000 delayed, according to aviation tracking website FlightAware.com.