Canada High winds knock out power to thousands across Quebec

08:06  12 january  2017
08:06  12 january  2017 Source:   The Gazette

Freezing rain delays flights at airport, forces cars off highways

  Freezing rain delays flights at airport, forces cars off highways Freezing rain delays flights at airport, forces cars off highwaysFreezing rain and icy roads caused the delay of dozens of flights at Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport on Tuesday, while driving some cars off highways in the Montreal area.

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It was rainy and windy overnight, knocking out power to tens of thousands of Quebecers on Wednesday, downing trees and causing flights to be delayed or cancelled.

A wind warning was issued by Environment Canada for the Montreal regions, with winds gusting up to 90 km/h Wednesday morning. That warning has now been lifted. The high for the afternoon was  5 C. 

It will be even warmer Thursday, with rain and temperatures of 7 C.

Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau Airport was listing numerous delayed or cancelled flights Wednesday morning. 

High winds played havoc with power lines in the province, with Hydro-Québec reporting 54,229 clients without power as of 10 a.m., 2,300 of them in Montreal. The hardest hit regions for power outages in the province are the Laurentians, Montérégie and Montreal.

As of 8:30 p.m., 3,500 clients were still without electricity.

Fatal fall at Saanich construction site takes life of worker .
An experienced worker grievously injured last week when a high wind apparently flung him off a third-floor construction site in Saanich has died. WorkSafe B.C. is promising a full investigation into the circumstances that claimed the life of Roland Huetzelmann, 51.He was on the job at the Shire Urban Living condo under construction in the 3300-block Glasgow Street on Jan. 10 when the accident occurred about 1 p.m.B.C. Coroners Service spokeswoman Barb McLintock said the injured man died Sunday morning at Victoria General Hospital.

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