Wet and powerless: The rain warning expanded as thousands of hydro accumulators hit

Wet and powerless: The rain warning expanded as thousands of hydro accumulators hit

A city worker cuts a tree that fell during a rainfall on October 17, 2019 in Notre-Dame-de-Grace's William Hurst Park. JOHN MAHONEY / MONTREAL GAZETTE

On Thursday afternoon, homes and businesses in Montreal were slowly gaining momentum after the island passed the fall storm, causing wind gusts and heavy rainfall.

By 4pm, just over 5,000 homes and businesses were without electricity. & nbsp; Power outages were reported in the west and central Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and in Côte-St-Luc, Verdun, Hampstead, West Montreal, Pointe-aux-Trembles. , Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Pierrefonds, Dorval, Candiac and Brossard. In Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Beaconsfield, nearly 2,000 were detained. There were also interruptions in Laval.

As of 3:00 pm, more than 83,000 Hydro-Québec customers were without electricity throughout the province. Hydro said nearly 200 teams have been deployed in emergencies. While most people should have their energy back by the end of the day, Hydro said that in remote areas or where there was more damage, customers would not get their electricity back until Friday.

Much of southern Quebec fell under the rainstorm warning issued by Environment Canada. Thursday evening, forecasts for rainfall have increased to 50-80 millimeters. Thursday's rain was pulled by strong winds that cut branches off trees and in some cases left garbage on the streets.

Heavy mountain ranges can cause pool pooling and hydroplaning on the road - take it out slowly and leave plenty of space between you and the car as you drive.

Rain will continue in Canada, according to Environment Friday until early morning and Friday should be cloudy, with 8 degrees Celsius. The weekend is expected to be sunny, with temperatures between 10-12 ° C.

Elsewhere in Quebec, a low-pressure system plowing through the province as a potential threat from storm surges and coastal erosion is being monitored on Thursday by the Canadian Provincial Fisheries and Oceania and Environment Agency.

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