Schools closed, tens of thousands in the dark after heavy rain, wind batter Quebec

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Hydro-Québec crews are out working to get the lights back on for tens of thousands of clients across Quebec after violent winds and heavy rain pummeled much of the province overnight.

More than 180,000 customers are without power as of early Thursday morning due to the intense wind gusts. 

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 will be working to restore electricity as quickly as possible. 

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

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