My hometown of Toronto is under siege this morning, two days after the worst ice storm in the city’s history. Hundreds of thousands of people are without electricity, and it’s minus-11 °C (12 °F, or 262 Kelvins). One of my brothers lost power both to his home and his business. His business has been restored, but home is a disaster. It’s sobering and frightening to realize how disruptive a power outage can be, especially in cold weather.
Have a look at this video. It brings back memories of the Ice Storm of 1998, which hit west Quebec and eastern Ontario. I lived through that event, and don’t want to experience it again.
Cities are absolutely dependent on electricity. Those in Toronto without power are feeling that fact, right now, on their hides. I wish them well. My fingers are crossed for them. My prayers are directed to the crews who are working like crazy to fix the system. Please keep working. You are heroes.