Thousands in Gaspé without power in storm Arthur's wake
Strong wind gusts uproot trees, down power lines around Baie-des-Chaleurs
Thousands of Hydro-Québec customers in the Gaspé region of eastern Quebec spent much of Sunday without power in the wake of post-tropical storm Arthur.
Torrential rains and violent winds gusting at up to 110 km/h signalled the arrival of Arthur in the Gaspé peninsula yesterday.
Trees were uprooted, power lines downed and boats capsized by Arthur's winds.
Most of those without power were in Bonaventure and Avignon.
The accumulated rainfall recorded in the Gaspé region was close to 67 millimetres yesterday, and CBC's French-language service Radio-Canada reported that 20 homes had to be evacuated in Marsoui, on the north coast of the peninsula, due to rising water levels.
Environment Canada had a tropical storm warning for the Magdalen Islands Sunday morning, but it was lifted by the afternoon.
Forecasters said Arthur generated maximum sustained winds of 80 km/h Sunday, and strong gusts were felt in areas bordering the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Rainfall warnings that were in effect for the Gaspé region and the lower North Shore also ended Sunday morning as Arthur turned toward Newfoundland.