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Severe thunderstorms over 60 000 private customers electricity

697746Due to a series of violent storms that hit Quebec since Saturday night, more and more customers of Hydro-Quebec were without power Sunday afternoon, when thunderstorms dirigaient eastward Province. According to the balance sheet breakdowns published by the corporation issued to 15 pm, 62,101 customers were without service or 20,000 more than in the morning.

In Montreal, 13,357 customers were without power at 15h, according to latest figures. In Montérégie, 4349 customers were reported without service (noon was 12,320 customers). “These failures are caused primarily by the storm cells that passed through Quebec during the night and morning, said in the morning Geneviève Chouinard, spokesperson for Hydro-Québec. There was wind, lightning. Some trees are broken branches came into contact with the network, causing outages we know right now. Damage was concentrated in the Montreal, Montérégie, Outaouais and Laurentides. ”

Throughout the day, the number of breakdowns has increased in the eastern province. In Quebec City, 7225 customers were without electricity at 15h. In the Bas-Saint-Laurent, they were 4623. There were a total of 380 outages across the province. The first outages were reported during last night.

Hydro-Quebec, the service is said to provide re aware of the day in the majority of affected customers. “The weather situaton improves in these areas and, according to forecasts, the winds cease this afternoon. Our teams are on the ground will be able to restore service. In places where there would be damage to the network, it could be a little longer, “warns Ms. Chouinard.

Towards the Gaspesie

Environment Canada issued a wind warning on the coast of the Gaspé (Matane). Winds could reach 90 km / h late in the afternoon or early evening. “The winds will persist until the end of the night,” says one on the site. In areas of Gaspé and Percé, a severe thunderstorm watch is in effect. “The conditions will be conducive to the formation of dangerous thunderstorms can produce strong wind gusts and torrential rain.”

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