(Montreal) Hydro-Quebec still hopes to be able to restore power to 70 to 80% of its subscribers by Friday evening, but some customers may have to wait until the Easter weekend before finding heating and light.

The statistics finally fell below 700,000 subscribers without power at the end of Thursday evening, but there were still more than 635,000 customers without electricity around 1:15 p.m. Friday morning. At the height of the crisis, more than a million subscribers to the state-owned company were plunged into darkness.

In Montreal, just under 330,000 subscribers were still without power Friday morning. They were 83,000 in the same situation in Montérégie, 78,000 in Laval, 55,000 in the Laurentians and 53,000 in Outaouais.

During the day Thursday, more than 400,000 customers were therefore reconnected to the network by the approximately 1,100 people mobilized on the ground by Hydro-Québec, the state-owned company said late Thursday evening on its Twitter account.

After being suspended for the night, reconnection efforts resumed early Friday morning for another 16-hour day. According to Hydro-Québec, 1,300 people will be on the ground to continue the work.

Due to the scale of the crisis, Hydro-Québec is unable to estimate when each household will be reconnected. However, it hopes to restore “a second third” of affected customers by late Friday evening, and then continue work “over the weekend to reconnect all customers.”

“It’s very reasonable to think that by midnight on Friday, we should have recovered close to 80% of the people who were without electricity. Anyway, that’s what we’re dealing with,” Francis Labbé, a spokesperson for Hydro-Quebec, told La Presse Canadienne.

“If the mast is damaged, the correction must be made by a master electrician before our services are restored. It is very important that people make sure their mast is in good condition and not damaged so that we can restore the power,” explained Mr. Labbé.

Hydro-Québec plans to take stock around 11 a.m. on Friday morning on the state of the situation.

The Quebec Minister of Energy, Pierre Fitzgibbon, will notably be present at the press briefing. He will then travel to Laval in the afternoon to “meet the Laval residents affected” with the minister responsible for the region Christopher Skeete and mayor Stéphane Boyer.

An update on the situation in Laval is also scheduled for 2 p.m. In Montreal, the authorities will take stock at 11:45 a.m.

On Twitter, however, netizens have grown impatient, calling out to the state-owned company to find out when they will be reconnected. Known for their sometimes amusing formulas, the moderators of the Hydro-Québec account adopted a more solemn tone in the circumstances.

“We’re sorry if you’re still down. We are not forgetting anyone and the magnitude of the task is currently considerable. We are mobilizing all available and necessary resources to restore the service, ”assured the state company.