A giant power cut has affected tens of thousands of residents west of downtown Montreal. The power outages began unexpectedly at around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26.
The cause of the power outage is not yet known, though some news sources are reporting that the cause of the outage are "emergency repairs" at the Hampstead post.
It mainly is affecting the boroughs and suburbs west of downtown: Hampstead, Côte-Saint-Luc, Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Montréal-Ouest. Service is expected to resume at around 4:30 this afternoon. Until then, residents will have to wait in the dark.
Hydro Québec customers can use Hydro-Quebec's interractive outage map to track ongoing outages. The map appears to show over 60,000 customers who are currently without electricity.
The screenshot below shows a layout of the area most affected by the outages. As of now, the boroughs affected are Hampstead, Côte-Saint-Luc, Notre-Dame-Grâce and Montréal-Ouest.
Hydro Quebec states on their map that service should resume around 4:30.
On a warm day like today power outages can cause serious problems for some residents. Much of the food that people keep in the fridge may spoil, and people are more at risk for heatstroke as the AC is turned off.
We reached out to Hydro Quebec but they have not yet responded with a comment. Other news sources are reporting that the cause of the outage are "emergency repairs" at the Hampstead post.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.
Power outages are currently affecting over 60,000 people in Hampstead, Côte-Saint-Luc, Notre-Dame-Grâce and Montréal-Ouest. Service is only expected to resume at about 4:30 this afternoon. We reached out to Hydro Québec for comment but they have not yet gotten back to us.
Read La Presse's article here.