11/18/2013 08:17 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 16:01 EST

Winds knock out hydro to 23,664 across Quebec

Strong winds knocked out power to parts of Quebec this morning, especially in the Laurentians where more than 10,000 homes and businesses were without electricity.

This morning a total of 23,664 Hydro-Québec clients had lost power across the province.

Hydro-Québec spokeswoman Marie-Élaine Deveault said the strong winds snapped trees and branches, downing power lines.

She said crews are on their way to check out the damage and start restoring power.

“They’ll stay there as long as they have to,” Deveault said. 

The Laurentians were the hardest hit, with 10,816 outages. About 4,374 residents in the Outaouais were also in the dark this morning and power was knocked out to 2,073 homes and business in the Chaudière-Appalaches region.

In the Montreal area, winds were gusting up to about 80 kilometres an hour, but fewer than 100 Hydro-Québec clients were without power.

Deveault said it’s too early to tell when the power will be restored.

“The winds are still strong right now, so we’re following this situation,” she said.

“It’s hard for us to determine right now how long the power outages will be, because some new power outages could occur.”

Devault said she hopes that at the latest, the lights should be back on for most residents by tonight.