September 21, 2018 6:36 pm
Updated: September 21, 2018 8:58 pm

Strong winds, heavy rain knock out power for thousands across Quebec

Video posted to social media on Friday showed dark storm clouds and damage after a storm rolled through the Gatineau and Ottawa areas on Friday.

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Heavy rain and strong winds have knocked out power for thousands of residents across Quebec.

Hydro-Québec reported at least 129,000 homes were in the dark as of 9 p.m. Friday night.

The most affected areas include the Montérégie, Outaouais and Abitibi-Témiscamingue regions.

READ MORE: At least 2 tornadoes touch down near Ottawa as video of winds and damage light up social media

The public utility said “60 teams are hard at work and others are on their way to the most affected areas.”

“The storm cell has reached the southern part of the province and will move towards Quebec City,” said Hydro-Québec on its website.

“It is expected to reach the eastern part of the province at around 11 p.m.”

Powerful winds throughout the night

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for several regions across the province.

It said powerful winds of up to 90 km/hour were expected throughout the night.

The weather agency asked residents to put away or secure objects that could be damaged by winds.

There are also storm surge and rainfall warnings in effect for several areas across the southern half of Quebec.

Meanwhile, at least two tornadoes formed near Ottawa — one in Gatineau, another near Dunrobin.

Social media light up with photos and video of damage throughout Ontario and western Quebec.

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