Cleanup underway in Montreal area after severe storm

Heavy winds and thunderstorms led to property damage and power loss

The cleanup is underway after severe thunderstorms ripped through southern Quebec, Montreal and the Laurentian region on Tuesday.

Particularly hard hit was Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG) neighbourhood, where trees were knocked down, causing property damage and cutting power to the area.

Environment Canada is also investigating whether the town of Lachute, about 85 kilometres north of Montreal, was struck by a tornado.

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There were no serious injuries reported as a result of the storm, which produced 100 km/h winds.

NDG Borough mayor Russell Copeman tweeted today that a microburst cut a swath through a 20-block section of the area, knocking down numerous 100-year-old trees and decimating a popular local park.

Hydro-Quebec says 115,000 customers lost power at its peak and about 30,000 remain without power as of Wednesday morning and the majority of customers will be restored by the end of day, but the utility warns it could take a bit longer in others.

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