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  • Writer's pictureKyle Sooley-Brookings

Tornado confirmed in Quebec as storms cause damage

Yesterday, severe thunderstorms rolled across southern Quebec resulting in heavy rain that caused flooding, at least one tornado, and had significant impacts on the province.

There was a tornado in Mirabel, heading possibly toward Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines thereafter. A funnel cloud was reported in Vaudreuil and another one near Sorel-Tracy.

Significant rainfall amounts were reported in the St Lawrence Valley, reaching 50 to 90 millimetres. These large amounts of rain caused sewers to overflow and some flooding, including at one subway station and in some shopping centres in Montréal.

The lightning activity was especially intense and several fires were triggered by lightning strikes.

Hail of 1 to 2 cm in diameter was reported as well as severe wind gusts, including one reaching 111 km/h at Montreal's Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport; these conditions downed many trees and hydro poles and damaged several buildings all over Southern Quebec.

Data Source: Environment and Climate Change Canada


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