Many Canadians without power

Massive windstorm hits eastern Canada , 138,000 without power

MONTREAL | February 1, 2013

A massive windstorm that hit eastern Canada left more than 138,000 people without power Friday, officials said.

Strong winds that started Thursday were expected to continue to blow through eastern Canada throughout Friday, with winds reaching up to 75 mph around midnight, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

Hydro-Quebec said the winds knocked out power to over 100,000 people across the province.

In New Brunswick, nearly 38,000 NB Power customers were without power in the late afternoon, officials said.

The wind also caused the postponement of a search for two missing workers who fell into a more than 300-foot-deep gravel quarry on Tuesday in L'Epiphanie, Quebec.

And, at least one plane that was scheduled to land at Saint John Airport was diverted to another landing strip, CBC News said.

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