Quebec Is Reeling After A Massive Storm Knocks Out Power & Causes Flooding
Winds reached 100 km/h in some areas and more than 100 millimeters of rain fell.
It's been a rainy, windy end to October and start to November for people in Quebec thanks to a brutal storm. A weather system moved through the region and it's still causing problems for people. The Quebec storm brought heavy rain and strong winds to the province that caused some serious damage.
The last day of October and the first day of November were stormy for Quebecers. Heavy rain caused flooding and strong winds toppled trees and damaged buildings. Clean up from the storm and the damage it caused is now underway but it could take a while before everything is back to normal in the province.
"It's not record-breaking winds, but it's quite unusual," said Simon Legault, Environment Canada meteorologist, to the CBC.
He also said that the weather system that brought the wind and rain to Quebec was because of a very warm air mass coming from the south and a colder air mass that's over central Canada.
Environment Canada issued warnings for damaging 100 km/h winds and reported that some municipalities got more than 100 millimetres of rain from Thursday to Friday.
Because of the storm, trees were uprooted, streets were flooded and there were widespread power outages across the southern part of the province.
As people came across the damage from the storm they took to Twitter to share photos and videos.
In some Quebec communities,because of the wind and rain that was forecasted but the storm was still causing problems.
Hydro-Québec can't give an estimate of how long it'll take to restore power because so many places were impacted by the storm.
As of 8:00 a.m. local time, over 500,000 hydro customers in Quebec were without power because of more than 3,000 outages.
"Given the magnitude of the event, complete recovery could take several days," said a statement from Hydro-Québec.
Unfortunately, as a result of the storm, one person was killed by a falling tree and another was injured by bricks being blown off a building.