Quebec's public utility is still working to restore power to thousands of customers who have been in the dark since a major winter storm lashed the province's southern regions with high winds and freezing rain Wednesday.

At its peak, the storm left more than 250,000 Hydro-Québec customers without power.

But that number was down to about 32,500 customers by 9 a.m. 

Most of those still without power are in the Lanaudière, Laurentians, Chaudière-Appalaches and Mauricie regions. 

State of emergency lifted in Hudson

The town of Hudson, Que., had a state of emergency in effect due to ongoing power outages, but that was lifted shortly after 10 a.m. on Friday. 

The town had opened the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre to residents overnight Thursday as temperatures dropped.

The neighbouring town of Saint-Lazare also experienced prolonged power outages and opened its community centre to residents over Thursday night so they can keep warm. 

Saint-Lazare announced Friday morning that it was keeping its community centre open for the 500 Hydro-Québec customers who were still without power as of 9 a.m.