Still no power in parts of the province following Thursday's storm

  • Still no power in parts of the province following Thursday's storm

Still no power in parts of the province following Thursday's storm

The number of Quebecers without power following Friday's intense storm dropped steadily throughout the day Saturday, as hundreds of hydro employees worked to fix broken electrical poles and downed power lines across the province.

One man was killed and nearly 629,000 homes and businesses were without power across Quebec following a wind storm Friday, as the province's hydro utility warned it could take several days to fully restore the grid.

Some residents may not get their power turned back on for several days as workers from public utility Hydro-Quebec try to fix the damage. "We have a lot of work to do and we'll have a lot to do over the weekend". "For example, our crews often have to act as lumberjacks before they can even fix the line - lots of branches and trees are down".

Southern Quebec continues to have the highest number of blackouts in the province with major outages in the region south of Montreal, the Laurentians, and the Chaudiere-Appalaches area south of Quebec City. Repairing poles can take between five and seven hours.

"We are putting in all the effort to bring the situation back to normal as quickly as possible", Martel said.

Hydro-Quebec is usually the organization that sends workers to other provinces and US states to help restore power but now it's the province's turn to request assistance, Martel said.

The broken electrical poles and downed power lines are nothing compared with the province's 1998 ice storm, which plunged 1.4 million clients into darkness for several weeks.

Mr. Julien also encouraged people to be safe and not use outdoor barbecues inside their homes after reports of several cases of carbon-monoxide poisoning.

There were still 56 customers in Greater Sudbury without power at the time of the latest update from Hydro One, Friday at 9:10 p.m.

Police in Bromont, Que.

A 63-year-old man died Friday morning in Bromont, about 85 kilometres east of Montreal, after a tree fell on him.