After over 1 million Quebecers lost power last night due to freezing rain conditions, Quebec's premier François Legault took the stand in a press conference today around 1:45pm addressing the issue.
Quebec's premier first took the time to say his condolences to the 60-year-old man who died earlier today after being severely crushed by a fallen tree branch in Les Coteaux, Montérégie.
Legault followed by calling out local police forces to lend a helping hand to those nearby, especially those close to the Greater Montreal Area which, let's remember, occupies most of the power outages experienced in the province.
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After this, premier François Legault stated the current facts of the storm and provided Quebecers with the latest updates. Here is what we know:
- Nearly 90% of the province's outages are situated in the Greater Montreal Area
- 1/3 of the power outages should be resolved within 24 hours
- 1/3 of the power outages should be resolved by midnight tomorrow
- 1/3 of the power outages' returns have yet ro be determined
- Emergent services such as shelters and help lines should 'come soon'
- These events should not be compared to Quebec's 1998 ice storm
Legault also added that Quebecers should be weary on the roads and avoid going out if possible. "Look out for one another," he finally added.