Power outages: a return to normal in Montreal
Thunderstorms once again caused numerous power outages in Montreal yesterday. The current was fully restored around noon in the metropolis.
More than 7,000 homes were deprived of electricity on Friday in Montreal. According to Hydro-Québec's latest report, all the outages were resolved by the teams of the state-owned company.
At 11 a.m., only 10 out of 1,078,185 customers still had no power in the city.
Across the province, 14,992 out of 7,788,430 subscribers were still without electricity. The most affected regions are the Laurentians, with 2,979 Hydro-Québec customers, and the Montérégie, with 2,814 customers.
Environment Canada had reported Friday the arrival of a band of showers, with risk of thunderstorms, on the St. Lawrence Valley. The precipitation was expected to head towards the greater Montreal area.
Thursday evening, the blue line of the Société de transport de Montréal (STM) metro suffered water infiltration, preventing the metro from operating between Saint-Michel and Snowdon stations. The problem was finally fixed shortly after 8 p.m.
$70 millions of work for Hydro-Quebec
On May 21, violent storms cost the minus $70 million to Hydro-Québec. The province was hit by a storm front bringing gusts of 150 km per hour, according to the state company’s latest outage report.
More than 550,000 subscribers lost power at the height of the storm. Nearly 1125 poles and 400 transformers have been replaced across the province. According to the report, 90% of the breakages causing the outages were related to vegetation.
Sophie Brochu, President and CEO of Hydro-Québec, thanked her teams for their work and praised their dedication.
A total of 11 254 outages were recorded by Hydro-Québec. “A huge thank you also to our customers for their patience. They have also helped to avoid accidents by avoiding unnecessary risks,” said Ms. Brochu.