7,000 customers still without power in Quebec

Hydro-Québec workers are still trying to restore power to nearly 8,400 customers who have been left in the dark since Friday's snow storm.
Hydro-Québec said most of the remaining power outages are located in the Laurentians and Outaouais regions. (CBC)

Hydro-Québec says it has restored power to 90 per cent of its customers who lost electricity after a powerful storm last week.

The lights went out for about 110,000 customers in the Laurentians, the Lanaudière region north of Montreal and the Outaouais region of western Quebec when a storm dumped about 50 centimetres of snow in some areas on Friday.

As of 5 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Hydro-Québec said about 7,000 customers were still without power.

The utility said its crews would continue to work through the evening and hoped to restore electricity to all customers by Wednesday.

More than 800 Hydro-Québec employees were working Christmas Day to restore service.

Hydro-Québec spokeswoman Isabelle Nuckle said the weight of the snow caused several trees to sag onto power lines.

She said the work took longer than expected because many utility poles carrying the power lines need to be replaced.