Today’s freezing rain and wind has rendered nearly 200,000 Hydro-Québec customers without power.
In a phone call with Daily Hive, an employee of Quebec’s public utility company confirmed that “nearly 200,000 total customers are powerless, 16,000 of those on the island of Montreal.”
As of 3 pm, the hardest hit region, according to Hydro-Québec, was the Laurentians which had just under 74,000 black outs.
Laval followed with more than 60,000 homes and businesses without electricity.
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Hydro-Québec says that the island of Montreal’s outages were repaired by the late afternoon but repair crews were on route to the heavily affected areas and would attempt to fix the problem “as soon as possible.”
Un épisode de verglas et de forts vents frappe plusieurs régions, notamment les #Laurentides, #Lanaudière, @laval311 et @MTL_Ville, fragilisant la végétation qui entre en contact avec le réseau. Nos équipes sont déployées afin de rétablir le service le plus rapidement possible.
— Hydro-Québec (@client_hydro) April 8, 2019