Thousands Without Power After Storm-Tornado Tears Through Western Quebec, Canada

A severe thunderstorm with strong winds left nearly 61,000 clients without power in…

 

Montreal and Western Quebec Tuesday evening. According to Hydro-Québec, after a string of thunderstorms hit Tuesday afternoon. By 7 p.m., more than 200 Hydro-Québec crews were at work in the south of the province, repairing power lines. On their website, the province’s electricity provider said that the Laurentians, Richelieu and Montreal regions were the most affected by the storm. Nearly 91,000 homes around Quebec were without power. By 8 p.m., Hydro-Québec had yet to estimate when power would be restored.

 

Urgences-Santé confirmed that the storm caused two accidents throughout the afternoon, both of which resulted in minor injuries. A spokesperson said that a tent set up for the Strangers in the Night gala in a parking lot next to the Fairview Pointe-Claire shopping centre had fallen onto three individuals. Two were brought to hospital while the third, who was examined on location, refused to go. A driver was also injured after a post fell onto their car in St-Laurent, said Urgences-Santé. Some trees had been pulled up from the roots.

 

Several trees were knocked down by a severe but short thunderstorm. Some streets were blocked by fallen trees. In Cartierville, a tree fell on a house, but no one was injured because the tree was caught on power lines, according to police. In Lachute, Quebec, power has been out since 7pm yesterday Tuesday in the western part of the City-and since this article, power has still not been returned. Citizens who spot any debris that needs to be removed, including branches that have fallen or those that are perched precariously, should call their respective City Halls, for emergencies only-911. Residents can also report an outage-and get updates to Hydro-Québec’s 24-hour service line at 1-800-790-2424. And as a final point an F1 Tornado did hit the town of Lachute, only minor injuries, no loss of life. Never under estimate the power of mother nature.

 

Article credit: The Gazette / lesproductionsNMMproductions@gmail.com

Photo credit: CRW Flags Inc.

 

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