Monday, June 29th 2020, 1:54 pm - Severe thunderstorms produced Quebec's second tornado of the year Sunday, but it will remain unrated because no damage occurred.
Quebec's tornado count in 2020 is up to two, following the confirmation of a touchdown in Saint-Sébastien Sunday. The potent storms also brought heavy downpours, small hail and strong winds.
The twister was spotted in a field in Saint-Sébastien, near Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, but because it produced no damage, strength on the Enhanced Fujita Scale (EF) will remain undetermined.
In Granby, the storms soaked the town with 50 to 60 mm of rain in less than an hour, causing flash flooding. Several power outages were reported in the province as a result of the thunderstorms and there were funnel cloud sightings in multiple locales including in Henryville and Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.
Quebec's first tornado of the year touched down on June 24, near Brochet Lake in the Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc area of the Lake Saint-Jean region. According to Environment Canada, 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 was rated EF-0, the lowest on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, with winds in the 90-130 km/h range, according to the weather agency.