Strong winds, exceeding 100km/h, have damaged the Hydro-Quebec electricity lines throughout the province during the night of January 18th, 2012 and the following morning, thus leaving without power around 80.000 residents.
Hydro-Quebec has launched more than 350 repair teams mainly in the Montreal, Laval, Monteregie, Lanaudiere, Quebec City,the Laurentians and Saguenay regions, areas that were affected the most. By afternoon service was restored to about 85 per cent of clients who had lost power. Longer delays caused by damaged poles may occur in the Granby, Victoriaville and Drummondville areas.
Several schools on the Island of Montreal and all Quebec City schools and were closed for the day because of weather conditions. Delays and cancellations were reported at the Montreal-Trudeau airport. The snow clearing operations that started on January 14th are now postponed, thus completely cleaning only 30 per cent of the residential streets across Montreal.