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Updated: Sat, 02 Nov 2013 09:27:20 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Hydro-Québec scrambles to restore power after wind storm hits southern Quebec



A tree knocked down by high winds in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough in Montreal, where about 91,000 Hydro-Québec customers lost power Friday. Elias Abboud/CBC

A tree knocked down by high winds in the Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough in Montreal, where about 91,000 Hydro-Québec customers lost power Friday. Elias Abboud/CBC

Close to 126,000 Hydro-Québec customers were still waiting to get their power back as of 9 a.m. Saturday, after high winds whipped through southern Quebec on Friday.

Environment Canada's weather office reported southerly and southwesterly winds of up to 100 kilometres an hour Friday afternoon.

Two Hydro poles fell on the Highway 40 service road at Cavendish Boulevard in Ville St-Laurent, as did a traffic light at the nearby intersection of Côte-Vertu and Cavendish boulevards.

A Laval shopping centre had to be evacuated after a damaged roof caused a gas leak, but there were no serious injuries.

There were also reports of transformers blowing all over Montreal island.

Hydro-Québec reported most of the outages in the Laurentians and the Lanaudière region, Laval, Montreal and on Montreal's South Shore.

Winds knocked down trees, hydro and telephone poles and power lines, and in Montreal, at the storm's peak nearly 91,000 homes and businesses on the island were without electricity.

In Beaconsfield, yards and streets were littered with trees and branches by late Friday afternoon, sending city crews scrambling to clean up.

Beaconsfield resident Eva Szabo came home to half of a 30-metre tree strewn across her front yard.

"We were just stunned to see this on our front lawn," said Szabo. "Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd come home to this​."

The storm also caused flight delays at Montreal's Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.

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