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More than 200,000 Quebecers were left in the dark and Montreal’s light-rail network was down after violent winds and heavy rain pummeled much of the province overnight.

Hydro-Québec crews were still out working to get the lights back on for just under 60,000 customers as of 1 p.m. Thursday.

Most of the outages are in the Montérégie and Montreal regions, followed by the Eastern Townships, Lanaudière and the Laurentians.

The public utility said a total of 470 teams — around 940 workers — will be working to restore electricity as quickly as possible. 

Six schools under the Lester B. Pearson School Board, including four elementary schools, are closed Thursday due to the ongoing power outages. 

The New Frontiers School Board in Châteauguay, southwest of Montreal, says two of its schools are also closed.

Environment Canada meteorologist Georgina Barradas said a cold and warm front collided, causing sharp changes in temperature.

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