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Quebec's first tornado of the 2020 season confirmed

Thursday, June 25th 2020, 5:07 pm - The tornado did minimal damage, and no injuries were reported.

Quebec is not famous for being a tornado hotspot, but they do happen in the province, and the first twister of the 2020 season has been confirmed from Wednesday's round of severe thunderstorms.

Environment Canada says the tornado touched down around 1 p.m. near Brochet Lake in the Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc area of the Lake Saint-Jean region. The weather agency says the twister was short-lived and left minimal damage, such as snapped tree trunks and downed branches, as well as an overturned pontoon.

The tornado has been rated EF0, the lowest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds in the 90-130 km/h range, according to Environment Canada.

Quebec tornado

Quebec sees an average 4.7 tornadoes per year, less than half the average of neighbouring Ontario, which has already seen 10 tornadoes confirmed so far in 2020.

Obviously, this doesn't lessen the risk for when tornadoes do occur, and Quebec has had its share of damaging twisters.

The deadliest on record struck Salaberry-de-Valleyfield in August of 1888, killing nine people and injuring several others.

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