Strong winds knock out power across southern Quebec
A Hydro-Quebec logo is seen on their head office building, February 26, 2015 in Montreal. Newfoundland and Labrador has achieved a rare win in its longstanding battle with Hydro-Quebec over a 50-year-old agreement on sales of Churchill Falls power. The Quebec Court of Appeal says in a ruling that Churchill Falls Corp. Ltd., a subsidiary of Newfoundland's Crown corporation overseeing hydroelectricity, has the right to sell energy produced above a certain threshold. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz)
MONTREAL -- Powerful wind gusts knocked out power to thousands of Hydro Quebec clients on Friday evening.
As of 6 p.m., 12,700 households lacked electricity across the province, most of them in Monteregie and Mauricie.
Only 126 clients had lost power in Montreal, where winds rattled trees and homes.
Environment Canada said violent gusts could reach 80km/h but would weaken as the evening progressed.