The month of October went out with a bang last night, which has resulted in power outages across over 70,000 homes throughout the province.
Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the Greater Montreal area, while other parts of the province are under both rainfall and snowfall alerts.
The wind warning comes with the potential for gusts up to 115 km/h.
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According to Hydro-Québec, as of 5 am on Friday morning, 72,549 clients across the province were without electricity because of the fall storm.
The most affected region, according to the utilities company, is the region of Estrie in the Eastern Townships, which has 22,750 clients without electricity.
Vers 5h00 ce matin, 72 549 clients étaient privés d’électricité en raison de la tempête automnale qui touche le Québec depuis hier soir. La région la plus touchée demeure l’Estrie avec 22 750 clients touchés. Nos équipes sont à pied d’oeuvre pour rétablir le service.
— Hydro-Québec (@hydroquebec) November 1, 2019
Due to the scale of the storm, Hydro-Québec says it isn’t able to “give a precise recovery time for each location.”
“The priority of our teams is to work to restore the service as soon as possible,” continued the company. “Our teams are working to restore the service. But we need to prepare for a 2th [sic] wave with wind gusts for all regions in Southern Quebec, mainly the Outaouais, Montreal, South Shore, Trois-Rivières and Quebec.”
The company says further outages are possible throughout the day as wind gusts could reach up to 115 km/h.
Urgences-Santé says it has responded to a high number of calls and is reminding the public to only use the service in the case of serious emergencies.