Close to a million people around Quebec are now without power

Nov 1 2019, 12:40 pm

Hydro-Quebéc says that nearly a million homes across the province are without power as a result of the violent winds that have struck Quebec.

Electricity may not return for several days, according to the utilities company.

As of 2 pm today, “over 900,000 clients” were dealing with power outages, according to Hydro-Quebéc’s social channels.

Strong winds are expected to reach up to 115 km/h throughout the late afternoon and evening.

“About 600 lineworkers are doing their best to restore service as fast as possible,” says the company’s website. “However, the strong winds remain, with gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour, causing new outages.”

Hydro-Quebéc’s power-outage map shows an outstanding number of affected residents and businesses.

Hydro-Quebéc

Hydro-Quebéc

“Due to the number of different locations where we need to intervene, we are not able to provide a specific recovery time for each location,” warns Hydro-Quebéc. “The priority of our teams is to work to restore the service as quickly as possible. Given the magnitude of the event, complete recovery could take several days. Our teams will work day and night to restore service. We thank you for your patience.”