Heavy rain, strong winds lead to power outages in Montreal – Global News

Heavy rain, strong winds lead to power outages in Montreal - Global News
Thousands without power as Montreal rainfall warning enters second day
Heavy rain and powerful winds are battering down on large swaths of southern Quebec early Thursday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for several regions, including Montreal, Quebec City and Vaudreuil-Soulanges.

Wet roads and falling leaves: Rainfall warning issued for Montreal region

The weather agency says up to 80 millimetres of rain is expected to fall over the lower Laurentians, Montreal and the Montérégie by the evening.

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for the Montreal region and other areas in southern Quebec. A total of between 50 and 80 millimetres are expected in the lower Laurentians, Montreal and Monteregie by this evening.

Drivers should give themselves extra time on the roads this morning. Environment Canada says localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible.

The torrential rain and strong winds have led to power outages in Quebec. Gusts of wind caused several fallen tree branches, which damaged Hydro-Québec’s electricity grid.

"Lots of leaves will be falling so that could obstruct some of the drainage and that could intensify some of the water accumulation in urban areas," he said.

In Quebec, about 100,000 people are without power, and about 29,000 customers in Montreal are in the dark Thursday morning, according to Hydro-Québec.

Ivan Dubé, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, warned that rain can quickly accumulate on roads and low-lying areas, which could lead to flooding. 

The Société de transport de Montréal (STM) warns there will be delays on its bus network due to weather conditions.

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MONTREAL — At its peak, about 54,000 people were without power across Greater Montreal as the rainfall warning entered its second day.

The outages affect residents living in Cote Saint-Luc, Notre-Dame-de-Grace, Hampstead, Montreal West, Verdun, Outremont, as well as parts of Rosemont-la-Petite-Patrie and Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

Power outages were reported in western and central Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and in Côte-St-Luc, Verdun, Hampstead, Montreal West, Pointe-aux-Trembles, Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Pierrefonds, Dorval, Candiac and Brossard. Close to 2,000 were blacked out in Dollard-des-Ormeaux and Beaconsfield. There were outages in Laval as well.

On the south shore, some residents in Brossard and Candiac have also lost power, while thousands of people are also experiencing outages in Laval, on the north shore.

The rain will continue till early Friday morning, according to Environment Canada, and Friday should be cloudy with a high around 8 degrees Celsius. The weekend is expected to be sunny with temperatures ranging around 10 to 12 C.

Across the province the number of households and businesses without electricity reached 108,000 at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Elsewhere in Quebec, the low pressure system plowing through the province is being monitored as a possible risk for storm surges and coastal erosion on Thursday, according to Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Environment Canada.

Hydro-Quebec could not say when power will be restored, but noted it had 200 crews repairing damage.

It’s a bitterly cold rain, and more than 39,000 Montreal homes and businesses were without power Thursday morning as a fall storm tried to shake a few more leaves from the trees.

Between 50 and 80 millimetres of rain are expected to fall over Montreal and the Monteregie by Thursday evening.

Heavy downpours can cause pooling on roads and hydroplaning — take it slow out there, and if you’re driving, leave lots of room between you and the car ahead of you.

Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads. Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible, Environment Canada stated.

The intense system is also bringing strong winds through southern Quebec, up towards the Maritimes as it runs along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.