Winds, rain, put lights out for thou­sands

The Daily Courier - - CANADA -

MON­TREAL — About 150,000 Hy­dro-Que­bec cus­tomers re­mained with­out elec­tric­ity as of late Mon­day af­ter­noon af­ter strong winds and heavy rain caused havoc with the province’s power grid.

The util­ity said the in­tense de­pres­sion com­ing from New Eng­land hit sev­eral ar­eas of the province, as winds of 90 km/h caused branches and trees to knock down power lines.

Some 300 line­men were work­ing to fix prob­lems in every part of the province — the hard­est hit be­ing Mon­teregie south of Mon­treal, where more than 29,000 were with­out elec­tric­ity.

Other ar­eas badly af­fected were the Lau­ren­tians north of Mon­treal and the Sague­nay-Lac-Saint-Jean a few hun­dred kilo­me­tres north of Que­bec City.

Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau also had to deal with the bad weather in Que­bec on his way to work Mon­day.

His of­fice said there was some flood­ing on the street out­side Trudeau’s res­i­dence in the Gatineau Hills near Meech Lake.

A spokesman said that, in or­der to reach a street that wasn’t flooded, Trudeau had to use an all-ter­rain ve­hi­cle and travel through some back roads.

Mean­while, En­vi­ron­ment Canada me­te­o­rol­o­gist Ian Hub­bard said there were wind warn­ings across Nova Sco­tia, P.E.I., and for parts of New Brunswick and western New­found­land by Mon­day af­ter­noon.

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