Schools closed, thousands in the dark after strong winds, rain batter Quebec

Montérégie, Montreal regions most affected

Hydro-Québec crews are out working to get the lights back on for tens of thousands of clients across Quebec after violent winds and heavy rain pummeled much of the province overnight.

More than 180,000 customers are without power as of early Thursday morning due to the intense wind gusts.

Most of the outages are in the Montérégie and Montreal regions, followed by the Eastern Townships, Lanaudière and the Laurentians.

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The public utility said a total of 470 teams — around 940 workers — will be working to restore electricity as quickly as possible.

Six schools under the Lester B. Pearson School Board, including four elementary schools, are closed Thursday due to the ongoing power outages.

The New Frontiers School Board in Châteauguay, southwest of Montreal, says two of its schools are also closed.

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Power outage safety infographic (Cheryl Santa-Maria)

(Infographic from The Weather Network)

This article was originally published for CBC News.