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.
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.
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.
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.
Across the province the number of households and businesses without electricity reached 108,000 at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Hydro-Quebec could not say when power will be restored, but noted it had 200 crews repairing damage.
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.