Wind, ice cut electricity for thousands in Quebec and eastern Ontario

MONTREAL -- A mix of freezing rain, snow and strong winds have resulted in numerous power outages across southern Quebec, eastern Ontario and southern New Brunswick.

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Hydro-Quebec was reporting more than 250,000 customers were without electricity as of 6 a.m. Thursday while Hydro-One was showing more than 16,000 outages on its website.

Southern New Brunswick had more than 12,000 customers without electricity, primarily in the Fredericton and Chipman areas.

The bulk of the blackouts were in southwest Quebec, including almost 73,000 in the Laurentian region north of Montreal; more than 67,000 northwest of the city; about 22,000 in communities south of Montreal and more than 27,000 in the city itself.

A Hydro-Quebec 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, said restoration times for the 16,000 blacked-out customers range from noon on Thursday to about 10 p.m.



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