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Quebec's fifth tornado of the season confirmed

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:22 AM - Earlier this month, Environment Canada confirmed Quebec's third and fourth tornadoes of the season.

"A category EF-2 tornado hit St. Fabien-de-Panet on July 9 at about 2:30 am and a Category EF-1 struck in St. Apolline-de-Patton," Environment Canada says. 

"Both tornadoes occurred on the same day but are two different events," adds Weather Network meteorologist Dayna Vettese. "Although they were the product of the same line of storms they were generated from two different storm cells."

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The EF2 tornado caused significant damage, almost completely destroying a forest.

"The storm cell that generated the tornado caused significant wind damage elsewhere as well," Vettese adds. "Hundreds of trees were broken or uprooted southwest of Saint Magloire."

Photo of tornado damage. Courtesy: Andre Cantin, Meteorologist, Environment Canada

Photo of tornado damage. Courtesy: Andre Cantin, Meteorologist, Environment Canada

"A subsequent survey has just identified another Category EF-1 tornado in the Eastern Townships region preceded by a heavy gust estimated at close to 120 to 140 km/h near Lake St. Francois in Lambton," said EC Wednesday morning. "The tornado struck just east of the village."

This was the province's fifth confirmed tornado of the season.

With files from Cheryl Santa Maria

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