Powerful thunderstorms leave thousands of Quebecers without power


MONTREAL — Thousands of Quebecers were without power this morning after powerful storms swept through the province.

As of 9 a.m., Hydro-Quebec reported there were more than 23,300 customers without power, with most located in Montreal and the surrounding Monteregie and Lanaudiere regions.

The number represents an improvement from the peak of the thunderstorms, when tens of thousands of Quebecers were in the dark.

Hydro-Quebec tweeted Tuesday evening to say its crews were on the ground working to restore power.

Much of the province has been experiencing a heat wave in the past few days, with temperatures soaring into the 30s.

Environment Canada removed its heat warnings Tuesday night, and is predicting more seasonal temperatures in the days to come.