July 3, 2018 5:23 am
Updated: July 3, 2018 3:32 pm

Powerful storms leave thousands without lights, air conditioning across Quebec

A fallen tree rests on Hydro Québec power lines.

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Update: 27,424 are without electricity as of 10:00 a.m. Tuesday.

More than 15,000 homes and businesses in Quebec were still without power and air conditioning this afternoon following violent storms.

As of 2 p.m., 15,234 Hydro-Québec customers were blacked out, mainly due to fallen trees and branches on power lines.

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About 8,000 of the outages were in the Laurentian region north of Montreal and in the Lanaudière area northeast of the city.

Another 5,512 customers were affected in the Outaouais region in western Quebec.

Hydro-Québec said nearly 163,000 customers were without power at the peak of the outages Monday night.

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The utility said some people will not have power back before the end of the day Wednesday.

The outages hit as Environment Canada warns of a heat wave persisting in Quebec until Friday.

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