Power has been restored to about 18,000 hydro customers in and around Ottawa who were without electricity after high winds blew through the region Wednesday

Around 450 customers were without power in Hydro Ottawa's jurisdiction as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. By 12:30 p.m. the number had jumped to 1,750 customers.

Hydro One reported 16,000 of its customers were without power as of 12:30 p.m. The hardest-hit areas included Bancroft, Brockville, Perth, Peterborough and Kingston, Casselman and Alexandria.

In the Outaouais, about 1,000 Hydro Quebec customers were without power early Wednesday morning.

Power had been restored to homes in most regions by 4 p.m.

Some rural school buses cancelled

School buses are running in the cities of Ottawa and Gatineau, but they have been cancelled in rural areas after a messy storm brought snow, rain and high winds overnight.

School bus service is cancelled for the following boards:

  • Upper Canada District School Board.
  • Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario.

Some school buses are cancelled for the following boards:

  • Renfrew County public and Catholic school boards, but only in the Madawaska area.
  • Conseil des écoles publiques de l'Est de l'Ontario as well as Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est, but only in Brockville, Merrickville, Kemptville, Carleton Place, Marionville and Prescott and Russell.