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Ok, so there’s not much about this video that’s really Open the Happy-ish. We just woke up this morning at 5AM (thank you, jetlag!) and saw that there was no power in the house. We stepped outside and saw that there was ice EVERYWHERE and no power on the street, either. We called my parents in Pickering and they, too, were out of power. We turned on the radio and heard that the ice storm and blackouts were widespread. We hopped on Twitter to ask some of you how things are going, and found out that a bunch of you were in the dark, too. Then we saw this Tweet from the official Toronto Hydro account:

In other words, WE’RE SCREWED!

Why are we screwed? Because we have to finish the EYKAs, that’s why! How can we edit or upload without electricity? Funny how we didn’t care much about food or safety. We’re more like “BUT OUR VIDEEEEOOOOO!!!!” Eep!

We stepped outside and did our best to get ice off the car, and it took a loooong time. We decided to venture out into the pitch blackness and see if the entire city was in the dark. Our hopes were that we’d find a Starbucks or something that was unaffected, and then we’d camp out there. So, out we ventured into the wild winter wasteland to look for a place to go. Traffic lights were unfunctional. Trees were snapped from the weight of the ice and in the middle of the roads, while other trees groaned and cracked under the weight and let us know that they were ready to snap, too.

Fortunately, we found that part of Etobicoke had power, so we stocked up on stuff at Walmart and Tim Hortons (yes, Tim Hortons in the face of an impending Apocalypse, of course!), and then drove back to Martina’s parents’ home to let them know what the status was.

Funny story: when we walked into Walmart, I had this dialogue with an attendant:

Me: “Excuse me, sir. Could you direct me to the aisle in which I can find Armageddon supplies?”
Him: “What kind?”
Me: “The Kind that will prepare me for the impending Apocalypse”
Him: “That’ll be down the hardware aisle, to the left”

He did let out a smile, though, so at least he knew I was joking.

Here’s an Instagram video we took as well, since we’re in the spirit of sharing just about everything we did today:

I’m sure some of you are wondering now, though, how this video is uploaded, if there’s a power outage. Fortunately, there are pockets of the city still with electricity. Martina’s sister’s house is in one of them. So we packed up all of our gear and drove over there. While we were in front of her house, though, a giant arm of a huge tree snapped off and landed right behind us. Any further back and we would have been hit. I didn’t get footage of that. I just said “STOP TALKING GTFO GOGOGO!” The wires were shaking from the tree falling. That’s how a lot of the power is out, I believe. Snapping trees are taking down power lines, and with them, our electricity.

So, we’re writing this now safely in Martina’s sister’s place and finishing up the EYKAs. If this place doesn’t black out, then we should start uploading it by tonight and should be ready to publish for tomorrow. BOOYA! Stay tuned to make sure you don’t miss out on any updates, just in case.

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  1. What is this strange thing called ice? Entire cities where I am from have been shutdown in the past if there has been even a small chance of snow or ice in their forecasts. It’s the first time I have ever seen ice covered trees before, and it is pretty amazing looking!

  2. //whispers
    it’s happening again :c
    -25 + wind chill tomorrow. someone hold me, i’m going to be an ice block.

  3. Hehe, I live in Maine (USA lol) and I TOTALLY understand these feels xD Luckily I live in Portland and on the Southern end of the state so we just got a &%*# ton of snow, probably bordering 3~4 feet in, like, 5 days. And now we have ice in top of it (e.e) Gotta love dem Nothern winters xD

  4. What can I say…. welcome to Toronto guys xD haha I too was without electricity for 3 days and just got it back like 3 hours ago! Luckily the movies at Eglinton square were open so my family kinda camped out there! Hope better weather comes and have a Merry Christmas ^^

  5. I’m in Ohio and we had an ice/snow storm a few weeks back. I was the lucky person in my family who didn’t have school or work that day. It took my parents about 3 hours to get home from work because of the traffic from accidents and such the storm caused.
    I was kind of excited because I thought it meant we’d have a white Christmas this year…but no such luck it seems. We have rain though.

  6. York University and the Village had power the whole time, I guess because we have underground wires.
    Everything is totally iced over though and we have run out of salt.
    In other news people have been using the Yorku south parking lot as a makeshift ice rink lol.

  7. We just got power back too! WE. HAVE. THE. POWER! W00t!

    Hope everyone turns on soon too.

    Cyber_3 – on the lookout for BattleCat

  8. i feel you there — hit NF too! QAQ

  9. This is why we head down to the tropics every winter

  10. And then there’s little me…suffering from the HOT SUN oh god, I’ll melt e.e I hate summer AND drinking hot chocolate, why do I have to drink it in summer, wwhyyyy?? I want to touch snow for once :c

  11. I think it’s so weird but cool to see you two affected by the same weather I am (although here it was thankfully just rain) when you’re normally so far away!
    Also, Martina, we were super impressed by your violent ice-scraping skill…it’s super effective. ;)

  12. We JUST got our power back at 4:50 this morning in Oshawa D:
    It was brutal. the trees all along my street are broken. While it was happening you’d think you were hearing fireworks, nope. Tree branches breaking left and right. ohmahgawd. Be safe you guys! I heard from friends in Toronto they still don’t have power. :(

  13. Wow, the roads are so huge. I live in Ireland, and the roads aren’t as big as that unless it’s a motorway. But wow, that ice is crazy!!! A few years back( I think it was 2010 and 2011) we had a couple of really bad winters (black ice on all the roads, bitter cold, everything closed). It sucked. I was looking at the roads, and they don’t look very icy. Is that just me, or have they been cleared already? Hope you guys are ok!

  14. omg… please stay safe!!
    btw…i am not in christmas mood because in germany there will be a christmas with 15°C…. no snow no ice nothing… so sad.

  15. Omg! That ice looked really really cool! Scary…but cool! But stay safe you guys! Not sure about Canada but here in Chicago when the power is out people get stupid.

  16. Wow, this reminds me of what Walla Walla looked like after the windstorm in January 2008. We had snow on the ground at the time, so it was quite similar. Also, Spokane — 3 hours north of us — has ice storms like this every few years. It was always of special interest to my mother-in-law, who worked at the power company. You guys take care!

  17. When is the meet up :) hopefully before jan 6 (back to school). Be safe guyz! Crazy Canadian weather.. lol

  18. haha the dialogue with the attendant at Walmart’s funny :). I’m glad you guys are safe. Despite fearing for your lives as well as the lack of food supplies etc.. on another note, the frozen icicles on the trees are actually really pretty

  19. Mother Nature is just finicky. I’m in NJ and we had 70 degrees as our temp today only after having had two snowstorms back to back just days before. People had shorts on at the mall today, but will have to put it away because we’re going to 35 tomorrow night all the way through to Christmas. It’s 63 now at 11pm….talk about crazy and confusing.

  20. Does this mean we can expect an EYK baby nine months from now? That baby would be totes magotes the coolest infant ever!!

    But in all seriousness, please be careful. We’ve had a couple of bad ice storms in the NJ/NY area in the past and I can just remember trees being turned into toothpicks and not having any solid, steady surface so the falls were brutal. So please be super careful.

    I will say Martina is a driving champ to brave driving on icy roads…she’s my hero…Danika Patrick, ain’t got nothing her.

  21. thank god the weather in Edmonton is not that bad although they are warning of freezing rain tonight. So keep warm guys and stay safe.

  22. So that is where all the snow went to. I am in Ohio, which is approximately right below Toronto-ish area. The weather here in Ohio was about 60 degrees Fahrenheit today and yesterday.

  23. Your gonna hate me but in Florida is hot, I don’t like it you cant feel the Christmas spirit.

  24. I love the beauty ice storms create. In Wisconsin, we are just getting endless snow, which is also quite pretty. Stay safe!

  25. Once in Melbourne, on Christmas (its summer here, normally 30 degrees), there was a bad storm. It even hailed! Melbourne weather, why you so weird?

  26. Woah guys, loved this video. WHAT IS CANADA!?! XD

  27. In the UK it’s cold but I don’t think it will ever get as crazy as an ice storm like this. Everyone goes crazy when a few centimetres of snow falls (at least further south, the northerners are made of strong stuff). Hope you stay safe and warm.

  28. those icicles look really pretty though.. to lure in unsupecting vitims and snap!

  29. I’m in NC too haha I just wore short today to have lunch with my friend and i keep getting message from NYC/Toronto friends about power outage and no foods.

    Funny how we are all in the East Coast, but have no weather in common :)

    Wishing for a small white christmas too :(

  30. That is bizarre because about 300 miles south in NYC, we had 70 degree weather today.
    In other news, today is my birthday.

  31. Down here in Georgia we’re getting thunderstorms like noooooo. I’m not in the mood for wet. I want cold and cold only.

  32. Holy smokes, guise. Stay safe! So glad to hear Martina’s sister still has power so you can all stay toasty warm together. Seriously, though, don’t go around playing with danger trees! Danger trees are dangerous!!! On another note, that’s totally true about tons of babies being born as a result of natural disasters. After one of the really bad hurricanes we had here in the States (I think it was last October? Or maybe the year before) there were apparently lots of “hurricane babies” :P

  33. I just left Nova Scotia on the 14th, just in time to escape the winter weather, right? No. Got back to Missouri, and now we’re covered in ice as well. *shakes fists Florida Evans style*

  34. Martina, you have officially taught me how to remove a sheet of ice from car windows. A few weeks ago we had a freeze and it took over half an hour for me to rescue my windshield from a thick layer of ice. I live in the desert, I don’t even own an ice scrapper. I ended up using a salt water solution and a dust pan XD It worked but I definitely like your method better.

    Stay safe up north you guys. Hope for everyone’s safety, and sanity, no more power goes out and the power gets restored quickly.

  35. I love Canada – you guys get some serious weather :D And I just looked up the weather for Toronto on tuesday and it was like “highs of -10″ HOLY CRAP

  36. Whoa! Stay safe, guise! As much as we can’t wait for the EYKAs, we’ll wait if it means you two not getting killed by falling iced branches of doom! Also, amazing that you have so much ice/snow, while here in Washington DC it’s 70 degrees…(Fahrenheit…google says that’s 21.1 C)!!

  37. Oh man, when I was a kid we moved to North Carolina and a part of it which was apparently famous for getting ice storms and when we moved in we went “why does this southern house have two word burning fireplaces and a cord of wood” 4ftx8ftx4ft “in the backyard?” And then two weeks after we moved in we lost power for three days from an ice storm, not very fun times!

  38. The frost-giants have taken over Toronto, and they have to be stopped or they will take over Canada . OH NO.

  39. Don’t worry about the EYKAs, guys, just stay safe and warm!

  40. Dang. Down here its 50 degrees F.
    The closest to MEGA DEATH WINTER I’ve experienced was when it was 20 degrees for a week.

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