April 14, 2024

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More than 200,000 Montreal households lost power in the heatwave

More than 200,000 Montreal households lost power in the heatwave

More than 200,000 Montreal households lost power (and thus fans and air conditioning) Thursday afternoon, while the metropolis continues to grapple with intense heat. About a fifth of Montreal households found themselves temporarily without power.

By 4:30 p.m. they were only about 135,000, down from just 1,250 earlier in the evening.

Particularly affected were the boroughs of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Saint-Laurent, as well as the cities of Côte Saint-Luc, Hampstead, Kirkland, Beaconsfield and Pointe-Claire.

At the Montreal airport, flights to the United States were grounded due to the disruption. “Please contact your airline to confirm flight schedules,” the airport said on its Twitter account.

Hydro-Québec blames it on “triggering a protection mechanism on one of our high voltage transmission lines.” “Analysis continues [en] The exact reason is known,” the state corporation said.

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