Freezing rain cuts power for thousands in Quebec, eastern Ontario

MONTREAL - Freezing rain and strong winds caused numerous power outages in southern Quebec and eastern Ontario on Wednesday evening.

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Hydro-Quebec was reporting almost 233,000 customers were without electricity as of about 1 a.m. while Hydro-One was showing about 26,000 outages on its website.

Most outages are in southwest Quebec, including almost 73,000 in the Laurentian region north of Montreal, more than 59,000 northwest of the city, about 31,000 in communities south of Montreal and almost 35,000 in the city itself.

A Hydro-Quebec spokesman said teams of repair crews were working to restore electricity, but cautioned that some customers may be without power until Thursday morning, depending on weather conditions.

The spokesman said it was difficult to say when all power would be restored because of continuing strong winds late Wednesday and ice still falling on branches and wires in several regions.

Hydro-One, which services mainly rural Ontario, was reporting about 26,000 customers without power from the Cobourg area to the Quebec border. The utility said restoration times ranges from noon on Thursday to about 10 p.m.



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