Porter Airlines has cancelled all flights in and out of Toronto as of 3 p.m. today until noon tomorrow due to Hurricane Sandy.
Mayor Rob Ford expected to speak about Hurricane Sandy at 1:30 p.m. news conference
We asked how you were preparing for the storm - here's one response
This city is ready for Hurricane Sandy: Mayor Rob Ford.
It's business at usual here at city hall and throughout the rest of the city. City buildings are open, city employees at work, and the TTC is operating at full service: Ford
However, this evening is different. We are experiencing strong winds and heavy rainfall: Ford
Secure loose items like Halloween props, waste bins & patio furniture: Ford
Clear catch basins and eaves troughs: Ford
Ford on storm:
Power outage is biggest danger. Drivers advised to treat every intersection like a 4-way stop. BUT don't drive during the storm unless you absolutely have to.
Residents should stock up on flashlights, batteries and water. Keep your cell phone charged. Don't use candles.
Call 311 with any questions, and to report fallen tree branches
911 is for emergencies only
"Areas of concern" in Toronto are Bayview extension and Hogs Hollow: Myles Currie, transportation director.
Better number for Toronto hydro is 416-542-8000.
Hello, I'm Michael Talbot I'll be leading the live blog throughout the evening. As you may have noticed we've closed our old poll and posted a new one. The results of our previous poll showed that 53 per cent don't feel prepared for the local impact of Sandy.
Hydro One has released the following information:
What to do in a power outage
If the power system in your area is affected by bad weather, be sure to stay clear of any fallen power lines. If you spot a fallen line, keep at least 10 metres back, even if it does not appear to be live. Report it to the police and call Hydro One at 1-800-434-1235. Safety is at the core of everything Hydro One employees do. Not only are our crews trained in First Aid, every Hydro One vehicle is equipped with a First Aid kit.
Hydro One's recommended emergency kit:
Water (recommend 2L per person/day)
- Canned or dried food that won't spoil
- A manual can opener
- Windup or battery powered flashlight
- Windup or battery powered radio
- Extra batteries for your flashlight and radio
- Any medical items you require
- Hydro One's emergency power outage hotline number - 1-800-434-1235. Ensure you have at least one corded phone at home; a cordless phone will not work in a power outage.
- Fully charged cell-phone
CityNews meteorologist Adam Stiles says the eye of Sandy is about 2 hours away from landfall. Heading for southern New Jersey.
Update from CityNews meteorologist Adam Stiles: "Already seeing wind gusts over 80 km/h in southern Ontario. Sarnia 83 km/h this hour."
Chief Blair: "We are always concerned about trees toppling, or even sometimes glass falls and so we will be there to respond to that and keep the situation safe for everyone."