Power outages, strong winds sweep across Quebec

MONTREAL – Hydro-Quebec is telling residents they should “prepare to be affected” by strong winds causing power outages across the province.

Nearly 213,000 Hydro-Quebec customers were deprived of electricity on Saturday evening after Environment Canada issued numerous warnings of storms, strong winds and freezing rain.

Authorities have forecast strong southwest winds to blow up to 100 km / h in most parts of southern Quebec until Saturday evening and Sunday, when the high winds are expected to subside.

Quebecers can see if their home or neighborhood is down via this site.

Hundreds of outages were reported in the Montreal area on Saturday evening, with some residents reporting them for several hours. Almost all of the boroughs have been affected.

“The strong winds currently blowing over the province will continue to cause # breakdowns. Prepare to be touched. Our teams are mobilized, ”wrote Hydro-Québec on social networks.

Montreal police have asked residents to call 911 if falling infrastructure or trees posed a safety risk.

The strong wind alert was triggered on Saturday evening in the following areas:

  • Montreal metro

  • Laval

  • Vaudreuil region

  • The Valleyfield – Beauharnois sector

  • Quebec region

  • The Mont-Orford – Lac Memphrémagog sector

  • Sherbrooke region

In Ontario, more than 140,000 people were also without power on Saturday night due to high winds.

Police in southern Ontario said they responded to several calls about fallen wires, trees and flying debris.

– Published with files from The Canadian Press.

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