Environment Canada Confirms A Tornado Has Struck Quebec
In a statement posted to its website this morning, Environment Canada confirmed that a burst of extreme weather in the Mauricie region of Quebec last night did, in fact, include a tornado.
"In Lac-aux-Sables, Mauricie, Environment and Climate Change Canada confirms that a tornado rated EF-1 accompanied by winds up to 175 kilometres per hour caused the damages observed in the area near 7:30 PM. A trailer was blown and moved away. Several trees were uprooted," the statement reads.
According to the United States National Weather Service, an EF-1 category tornado is of "moderate" strength with wind speeds between 138 and 177 km/h.
Photos posted online by Mauricie residents show snapped trees and scrambled trailer parks in the aftermath of the storm.
Damage in Quebec was not limited to the area of the tornado, however. "Thunderstorms have produced strong winds and significant rainfall amounts very quickly over several areas of Southern and Central Quebec," the Environment Canada report continues.
"Some thunderstorms spread over 30 millimetres of rain in 1 or 2 hours. Small hail has also been reported."
This is not the first tornado to have touched Quebec this year. Earlier this month, another EF-! category storm hit the small town of Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan in the Lanaudiere region north of Montreal.
That tornado also flipped trailers and knocked down telephone poles.
Trailers flipped over in Lanaudière as fierce storm knocks out power across southern Quebec https://t.co/GlwZaGeEtm https://t.co/7sIWasRkAB— Klaus Bower (@Klaus Bower) 1562924680.0
In June, another minor twister ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau region, causing damage to fences and sheds.
The tornado yesterday was part of a larger system of severe thunderstorms that swept through the province. Strong winds damaged Hydro Québec power lines and led to electricity outages that affected tens of thousands of people in the Montreal region.
At the time of writing, just over 1,800 individuals are still without power in Montreal.
Stay tuned for updates.