Hydro power outages could be lengthy following violent storm

A severe thunderstorm that rolled through southern Quebec, caused a microburst N.D.G. and could keep some Montrealers in the dark for longer than expected.

At one point more than 63,000 Hydro-Quebec customers on the island of Montreal were without power. That number was cut in half by early Wednesday morning as more than 120 crews worked overnight trying to restore electricity to those affected.

The utility said violent wind gusts downed trees, knocked out power lines and much of the wind-blown debris littered streets making it difficult for crews to get through. 

In a statement Hydro-Quebec said due to extensive damage in some areas "customers will unfortunately have to be more patient as sections of the network will need to be rebuilt before we can restore power."

There is currently no timetable as to when power will be restored to any of the affected areas.