Thousands without power after thunderstorm hits parts of Quebec

Environment Canada has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for several communities in the northeast, including Sudbury, North Bay and Timmins. (File)

Thousands are without electricity in Quebec following a powerful thunderstorm on Saturday evening. 

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm watch for the Chateauguay-La Prairie, Laval, Longueil-Varennes and Montreal Island areas, though that watch was no longer in effect as of 9:15 p.m.

Almost 7,000 Montreal Hydro Quebec clients have lost power as of 9:15 p.m. The most affected regions are Lanaudiere (14,473), Laval (7,602) and Monteregie (6,780). 

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