Tens of thousands of customers were without power this afternoon as Hydro-Québec power outages impact the province.\nAt one point, nearly half of the power outages were in Montreal.\nHydro-Québec continues to work to restore power as large parts of the population struggle to work from home due to COVID-19.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nMuch of Southern Quebec is under some kind of weather warning, issued by Environment Canada today. The strong gusting winds and freezing rain in some regions have caused significant Hydro-Québec power outages for the province, with many of the affected customers residing in Montreal. At the time of writing, over 2,000 clients in the city and over 10,000 clients province-wide are without power.\nMany clients have taken to Twitter for answers from Hydro-Québec, particularly as large swaths of the population are now working from home due to the recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Quebec.\nThe outbreak of the novel coronavirus has caused the Quebec government to establish certain directives and recommendations in order to keep the population safe.\nMost notably, Premier François Legault enacted a ban on indoor gatherings of 250 people or more, which caused many employers to opt for a remote working situation where possible.\nNow, large numbers within Quebec are having to deal with no power, which means no internet — a disaster when you are meant to be working remotely online.\nHydro-Québec crews are hard at work to right the situation, with hopes that parts of Montreal will have power again before 3 p.m.\nThe maps below show the extent of the outages across Quebec and on the Island of Montreal, specifically. Nearly half of the current outages are within the Montreal region.\nClients have begun to tweet at Hydro-Québec questioning when exactly they can expect for services to resume.\nHydro-Québec | Official Website\nHydro-Québec | Official Website\nThe reality is, however, that there is little the company can do about the strong wind that continues to gust through the province today.\nIn Montreal, a gust of 81 km/h broke the record for the windiest day in Montreal so far this year.\nREAD ALSO: All Schools, CÉGEPs & Universities In Quebec Are Closing For 2 Weeks Due To COVID-19\nStrong winds often have the ability to knock out power, whether because of impact directly on the power lines or on nearby tree branches that can take the lines down with them.\n@client_hydro hello, what's happening in the #NDG area? Electricity has been off. Are measures being taken to handle this situation? With #COVID19 I have to do all my work from home. Please, I need some assistance in my area!— Notjenwhoyou (@notjenwhoyou) March 13, 2020\n@client_hydro Avez-vous omis d'informer les 388 clients touchés par la panne "prévue" dans le secteur Pierre-Laporte à Bromont? C'est un défi pour les gens qui travaillent à domicile, ce qui est particulièrement dommage dans le contexte actuel...— Joshua Bleser (@Mojavua) March 12, 2020\nIn Montreal, reports of power outages span from NDG all the way to Park Ex.\nPower just went out in ParkEx.. Wow@hydroquebec— Bobby 🇨🇦 (@montrealdesign) March 13, 2020\nHello NSGWinning,Our Teams are on the way, the power should be back by 12:45 - 1:00 PM. Losing power is never fun, but rest assured that when outages occur, Hydro-Québec crews do their utmost to restore service as quickly as possible.— Hydro-Québec (@hydro_customer) March 13, 2020\nHydro-Québec crews have been hard at work to get the power back up and running and were expecting to see a resumption of service by 1 p.m. The website now says it expects service to resume closer to 4:15 p.m. in some areas.