- As Environment Canada wind and rain warnings continue, now hundreds of thousands are without power as Hydro-Québec power outages have touched numerous regions in the province.
- Officials are also warning about the potential for flooding as rain continues in some areas.
- Details below.
Hundreds of thousands of people in Quebec are without power this morning as Hydro-Québec power outages province-wide continue due to intense rain and wind which is currently ripping through the province.
Environment Canada still has most of Southern Quebec under Rainfall and Wind Warnings, as rain continues in some areas and winds are expected to reach up to 100 km/h in regions like Montreal.
In addition to power outages and weather warnings, many are also dealing with the aftermath of significant overnight rain, including many Quebec roads that are threatening to flood, or have already done so.
While it's clear now that Mayor Valérie Plante's fear of the incoming weather was well-founded, it looks like we're seeing the worst of it now. The aftermath of the non-stop rain, in addition to the howling winds, is proving to be a whole lot spookier than any costumes or decor I saw last night.
Take a look below at Environment Canada's ongoing Weather Warnings as well as Hydro-Québec's current power outage map and a word from Transport Québec about possible road closures due to flooding.
In the Montreal area right now, winds are picking up and expected to reach speeds as high as 90km/h.
#Wind Warning ⚠️ in effect! Winds now gusting around 90km/h Damage to buildings and power outages possible.… https://t.co/TV9NMbyEdb— Lori Graham (@Lori Graham) 1572606864.0
[rebelmouse-image 26888667 alt="Hydro-Qu\u00e9bec: Quebec Power Outages Hit Over 100,000 As Wind & Rain Continue" photo_credit="Environment Canada" expand=1 original_size="505x456"] Environment Canada
However, outside the Montreal region isn't doing much better. The map above shows the regions in Southern Quebec that are currently under some kind of weather warning, be it for rain, wind, or a storm surge.
To see if your area is affected and if Environment Canada is anticipating any particular weather, head to their Public Weather Alert page here.
Below are maps of the current outages happening across the province right now according to Hydro-Québec
[rebelmouse-image 26888668 alt="Hydro-Qu\u00e9bec: Quebec Power Outages Hit Over 100,000 As Wind & Rain Continue" photo_credit="Hydro-Qu\u00e9bec | Google Maps" expand=1 original_size="935x511"] Hydro-Québec | Google Maps
[rebelmouse-image 26888669 alt="Hydro-Qu\u00e9bec: Quebec Power Outages Hit Over 100,000 As Wind & Rain Continue" photo_credit="Hydro-Qu\u00e9bec | Google Maps" expand=1 original_size="1005x502"] Hydro-Québec | Google Maps
The map above shows the extensive outages in the Montreal and Montérégie regions as well as north of Montreal in Laval and into Lanaudière.
Hydro-Québec also posted the following message this morning, letting people know that "due to the scale of the event and the number of different locations where we must act, we are not able to give a precise recovery time for each location."
To find out more about the ongoing power outage across Québec, head to their outages page on their website here.
Yesterday, the government of Québec issued a warning that there was the possibility of needing to close the Autoroute 20 between Angrignon and Saint-Pierre because of the potential for flooding in the region.
#Turcot - Avertissement - fermeture possible de l'autoroute 20 dans le secteur des échangeurs Angrignon et Saint-Pi… https://t.co/8pHUWnweF3— Québec 511 (@Québec 511) 1572554177.0
Also saw several street corners where blocked sewers are creating small floods, one deep enough looking we had to d… https://t.co/3GWKQ77k5V— Anna Asimakopulos (@Anna Asimakopulos) 1572603178.0
Which, if you were out last night, is not surprising, as rain continued to fall while fallen leaves were working to block drainage pipes.
Montréal - southbound Avenue Papineau between Boul Rosemont and Rue St-Gregoire closed for flood— Trafficnet Montreal (@Trafficnet Montreal) 1572602367.0
As of this morning, Papineau is closed between boulevard Rosemont and rue St-Gregoire as flooding has crept in.
Stay safe out there, drive slow, and watch for falling branches or other debris as the wind continues to rage on.