At 11 pm Monday, more than 63,000 Hydro-Québec customers were still powerless in the province due to breakdowns caused by recent storms.
Strong winds blew in several regions and caused a lot of damage to the electricity transmission network.
According to Hydro-Québec spokesman Louis-Olivier Batty, some customers may be without electricity for more than 24 hours.
“Because of the large number of breakdowns and breakdowns, we think there are places where it’s definitely going, unfortunately, to be over 24 hours, since there’s really a lot of work to be done. The weather conditions do not help our teams. People in certain sectors can not use bucket trucks because with the wind, the bucket trucks oscillate too much and therefore, there is a danger for our teams, “he explained.
Mr. Batty mentions that nearly 700 Hydro-Québec workers are hard at work to restore the situation, but that it will take time.
“With the weather forecast for the rest of the day and next night, we expect the situation to get worse. We will certainly succeed in reconnecting customers, but we will have new failures in other regions. ”
Main regions affected by power outages in Quebec
(customers without electricity at 11 pm)
- Montreal: 43
- Montérégie: 10,558 customers
- Lanaudière: 3783
- Laurentians: 11,427
- Estrie: 4644
- Outaouais: 2,111
- Center-du-Québec: 845
- Capitale-Nationale: 3768
- Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean: 12,145
- Chaudière-Appalaches: 2635
Floods and strong winds
In the space of 36 hours, 98 millimeters of rain fell in the Ottawa and Gatineau areas, reports Environment Canada meteorologist Alexandre Parent.
Several areas were flooded. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had to get on an all-terrain vehicle in the morning to leave his second home on Lake Mousseau in Gatineau Park to go to Parliament.
The regions of Estrie, Hautes-Laurentides and Haute-Mauricie were also particularly affected, with rainfall of up to 60 millimeters.
According to Environment Canada, rain was expected to subside in most parts of southern and central Ontario in the afternoon, but winds were expected to recover along the St. Lawrence River Valley. Lawrence.
The winds were to reach 60 kilometers an hour, with squalls at 90 kilometers an hour.