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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Tornado alerts lifted in Quebec

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Key takeaways: 

  • Many are still without electricity following the Saturday storm that led to the demise of a Gatineau woman.
  • In Saint-Sauveur, the storm consumed trees and power lines in the Laurentians. 

All-weather cautions and watches in Quebec are over.

Following a fast-moving thunderstorm that struck some areas of Quebec Saturday, Environment Canada had given a tornado alert for Eastern Townships and the other regions, including Beauce and Montmagny-L’Islet.

Hydro-Québec teams were out throughout the day managing widespread power outages following Saturday’s storm that damaged structures, uprooted trees, and led to the demise of a female when her boat overturned.

Environment Canada had given a tornado watch across many areas of western, central, and southern provinces on Saturday, most of which ended by 10 p.m. ET.

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All-weather cautions and watches in Quebec are over

While no tornadoes were recorded in the region Saturday, the storm-filled winds between 83 and 144 km/h, consuming hydro poles and leaving hundreds of thousands of Quebecers in the dark. 

“We’ve never witnessed something like that; it was like a storm,” said Gilles Saulnier, a city councilor in Morin-Heights, in the Laurentians. “All the trees began to shake live we’ve never seen before.”

Saulnier stated those living in more remote places of the province could be without power for a few weeks, and he’s expecting a lack of gas as many are turning to generators. 

“I just have to stay without electricity,” stated resident Gisela Potthast Waddell, who had a tree fall on a power line near her house, breaking part of her vehicle. 

Source – cbc.ca

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