Fierce Laurentians storm damages homes, leaves hundreds without power

Dozens of Hydro-Québec workers are trying to get electricity back this morning for clients in the Laurentians, after a fierce storm hit the region Saturday evening.

High winds toppled trees, damaging homes in Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard and Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts. No injuries are being reported.

Jacques Juneau, a resident of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, says around 30 fallen trees had blocked the road outside his home.

“It was pretty striking,” he said. “There were trees everywhere on the road.”

Fallen trees block a road at night.
Jacques Juneau of Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard says ‘there was no way of passing’ on the roads after the storm. (Stephane Grégoire/Radio-Canada)

Hydro-Québec says a power outage in the area started a little after 6 pm Saturday. According to the company’s website, most clients should have power back in two to three days.

In Saint-Adolphe-d’Howard, 395 clients are without electricity as of 10:45 am Sunday.

Environment Canada is looking into whether a tornado touched down in the Laurentians last night, says Peter Kimbell, a warning preparedness meteorologist at the department.

“It looks very convincing that it’s a tornado, but we’d like to either go there ourselves or have representation from the Northern Tornadoes Project on-site later today before we confirm it,” he said.

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