- Tens of thousands of customers were without power this afternoon as Hydro-Québec power outages impact the province.
- At one point, nearly half of the power outages were in Montreal.
- Hydro-Québec continues to work to restore power as large parts of the population struggle to work from home due to COVID-19.
Much 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.
Many 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.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus has caused the Quebec government to establish certain directives and recommendations in order to keep the population safe.
Most 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.
Now, 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.
Hydro-Québec crews are hard at work to right the situation, with hopes that parts of Montreal will have power again before 3 p.m.
The 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.
Clients have begun to tweet at Hydro-Québec questioning when exactly they can expect for services to resume.
The reality is, however, that there is little the company can do about the strong wind that continues to gust through the province today.
In Montreal, a gust of 81 km/h broke the record for the windiest day in Montreal so far this year.
Strong 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.
In Montreal, reports of power outages span from NDG all the way to Park Ex.
Hydro-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.