- 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.
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