Friday, August 23rd 2019, 9:45 am - An Environment Canada survey team gives a preliminary conclusion for Wednesday's storm damage in Quebec.
The showers that tracked through Quebec on Wednesday morning were a warm-up for the heavier rain and greater widespread storm risk that developed throughout the later hours of the day.
"Yesterday evening, around 10:30 PM, a severe thunderstorm caused significant damage in the Mont-Laurier area. Numerous trees were snapped along route 117 and multiple homes were damaged," said Environment Canada in the storm summary on Thursday.
A ripped off roof, several damaged roofs, a lifted garage building and two damaged mobile homes were amoung some of the other damages reported.
Using submitted information and observations that were gathered on the scene in the Lac-des-Ecorces municipality, EC has determined that damage in the Mont-Laurier area was likely caused by a microburst with wind gusts up to 150 km/h.
EC will collect more information in the coming days to either confirm or alter the preliminary conclusion.
"It is important to note that this is a preliminary conclusion. New information becoming available in the coming days (such as drone imagery or high resolution satellite imagery) may allow us to confirm or alter this conclusion," EC says.
So far this year, only two tornadoes -- both rated as EF-1 -- have been confirmed in Quebec, with both happening during July. The average for tornadoes in a summer season in Quebec is typically closer to five.