Strong winds, fallen branches leave Quebecers without power this weekend

Strong winds across Quebec have left thousands of Hydro-Québec clients without power, and they may have to wait until Monday before it's restored.

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A worker clears branches from a power line in Montreal, Sunday, December 12, 2021, following high winds which left thousands without power. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press)

Fallen branches hitting transmission lines have left thousands of Quebecers without electricity this weekend. 

As of 3 p.m. Sunday, some 197,836 customers were without power, and a few may have to wait until Monday before it's restored, according to Caroline Desrosiers, a spokesperson for Hydro-Québec. 

Environment Canada issued freezing rain and wind warnings on Saturday morning for southern Quebec, including Châteauguay, Laval, Longueuil, Montreal and Quebec City. 

The regions most affected by power outages are the Montérégie, Montreal and the Laurentians, with service interruptions also reported in Quebec City and Saguenay. 

"Right now we have over 200 teams across the province, and we have more teams coming to help out to re-establish power," Desrosiers told CBC Montreal's All in a Weekend. 

Until crews determine the exact cause of the service interruptions, she says she's unable to confirm when customers can expect electricity to return.