Atmospheric conditions are “favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms” that may produce big chunks of hail, intense rain, and damaging gusts of wind, Environment Canada said in the warning.
“Severe thunderstorms can produce tornadoes,” adds the warning, making a legit twister a possibility in Montreal today.
The weather-warning was issued early this morning at 4:09am. Environment Canada will release any updates as they come.
Whether or not the weather will produce a ton of rain or a full-blown tornado, no one knows. Not that anyone ever knows what Mother Nature is up to these days.
To be safe, though, you might want to bring an umbrella… or a Medieval shield and weighted boots. Who knows how huge the hail might be.
While the tornado in Mascouche had the highest Enhanced Fujita scale rating, resulting in one death and extensive damage on the North Shore, three other tornados impacted different parts of Quebec on the same day.
If you travel to another part of Quebec, which is also not recommended, you are expected to maintain the rules of your home zone. In other words, if you travel from a red zone to an orange zone and dine in a restaurant, you could face fines for breaking red-zone rules.
Can police break into a person's home without warning?
No. However, if police have reason to believe you are breaking rules for private gatherings at home, they have direct access to a judge who can issue a warrant remotely. This warrant would grant them access to your household rather quickly.
Interregional travel within the province is also not recommended, save for essential purposes like work, shared custody or freight transportation.
While there's a clear difference between the province's recommended rules versus mandatory ones, Quebec has set up travel checkpoints multiple times throughout the pandemic. However, police told MTL Blog the goal of the "awareness points" is to educate drivers, rather than to hand out tickets.
It's currently not recommended to travel within the province, even with those who live in your household.
If you are going from a red zone to a chalet or cottage you own in a different zone, Legault has stated that he expects you to bring your own food and supplies, so as to avoid stores and restaurants in other regions.
Can we visit churches, synagogues, mosques and temples?
Yes. Places of worship are currently open in Quebec red zones, but each location has to comply with limited entry (up to 25 people at a time) and enforce mandatory masks as well as two-metre social distancing. They are also encouraged to set up handwashing stations.