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Late-season tornado stirs up damage in Quebec amid potent storms

Tuesday, October 19th 2021, 8:41 pm - Saturday's tornado has not yet been rated, with the Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) currently examining the damage to determine its strength.

Late-season thunderstorms produced a tornado in Quebec on Saturday, Oct. 16, Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) confirmed.

A low-pressure system from the Great Lakes that generated severe thunderstorms in southern Ontario and a marine tornado warning over Lake Erie affected Quebec, as well, producing a twister, significant amounts of rain and strong winds.

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QC confirmed

ECCC verified that a twister swept through Sainte-Seraphine in the Centre-du-Québec region late Saturday afternoon. While it was confirmed to have caused some damage, including broken or uprooted trees, the tornado has yet to be given a damage rating on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale.

The Western University-based Northern Tornadoes Project (NTP) started a drone and ground survey on the damage on Monday.

A line of thunderstorms associated with the system swept through Monteregie, Centre-du-Québec and Eastern Townships in Quebec, causing strong gusts and heavy downpours, as well, ECCC said. The stormy weather also caused localized flooding and numerous power outages.

Drone footage of Quebec tornado damage/NTP Drone footage of tornado damage. (Connell Miller/Northern Tornadoes Project/Twitter)

There was damage reported in Cowansville and Dunham in the Eastern Townships, as well, but strong gusts associated with Saturday's thunderstorms seem to be the cause, according to ECCC.

"The investigation is still ongoing to determine the nature of the phenomenon that occurred," ECCC said in a summary issued Monday.

With the most recent tornado, Quebec has seen 14 twisters in 2021, including a deadly EF-2 twister in the community of Mascouche in June. Jacques Lefebvre, 59, perished in the storm after the shed he had taken shelter in was lifted away, CBC had reported.

Thumbnail courtesy of Connell Miller/Northern Tornadoes Project/Twitter.

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