Over 100,000 People Are Without Power As Hydro-Québec Deals With Intense Wind & Rain
The wind is really picking up now.
- 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.
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
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.
Which, if you were out last night, is not surprising, as rain continued to fall while fallen leaves were working to block drainage pipes.
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.