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More severe storms hit Quebec causing bright flashes of lightning and heavy rains.

Storm leaves thousands of Quebecers without power amid scorching heat wave

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    Thursday, July 18, 2013, 7:16 AM -

    Fewer than 9,000 Hydro-Quebec customers were without lights and air conditioning early Thursday because of a brief but intense storm.

    That was down from about 60,000 customers affected at the height of the outages Wednesday afternoon, primarily in Montreal and to the south and southeast of the city.

    On Tuesday, Montreal reached official heat wave status after hitting three consecutive days of 30-degree weather. The heat and humidity were perfect ingredients to help spark the storms.

    Environment Canada had issued severe thunderstorm warnings for the affected areas with wind gusts over 40 km/h. 

    Frequent lightning, heavy rain and downed trees were reported in some places. 

    Most of the remaining outages are to the west and north of the city. Hydro-Quebec did not indicate when all repairs would be completed.

    With files from The Canadian Press

    Downed trees in Mont-Laurier, Quebec (Gilles Cloutier)

    Downed trees in Mont-Laurier, Quebec (Gilles Cloutier)

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