NEWS
07/14/2016 17:41 EDT | Updated 07/15/2017 01:12 EDT

Summer storm causes damage and power outages in Quebec

A powerful summer storm swept through Quebec on Thursday afternoon, causing power outages and damage around the province.

"The worst was anywhere between the American border and south of Drummondville, and even south of Quebec City," said Robert Michaud of Environment Canada.

"We got some reports of trees damaged, lots of hail reports. We got some reports of damaged houses."  

As of 5:00 p.m. there were around 17,000 people without power in the province, according toHydro-Québec. Most of the outages are concentrated in the Montérégie region.

Rimouski was also hit with powerful rain storms, captured by Radio-Canada journalists on their Facebook page. 

Heat warnings and severe thunderstorm warnings are still in place around the province, including in Montreal, Quebec City and Sherbrooke, though Michaud said the worst of the storm is over.

"The big punch is already done," he said, adding that the storm is moving east across the province and should dissipate by early evening.

But people looking for cooler sleeping conditions will have to wait a little longer. 

"For this evening, it's going to still be sticky, because the humidity is still high," said Michaud. 

Radio-Canada's Camille Simard snapped this picture of a fishermen toughing it out in the rain.