Saturday, July 13th 2019, 3:42 pm - Severe thunderstorm warnings, watches in effect for parts of Quebec
Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches are in place for parts of the province close to the Ontario border. The risk for thunderstorms will continue Saturday. This follows after an EF-1 tornado was confirmed in Thursday's severe weather. For more on today's storms, plus a look at the EF-1 tornado from Thursday, read below.
WATCH: ARCHIVED RADAR FROM THURSDAY'S DANGEROUS STORMS
High heat and humidity that built in across southern Quebec this week provided the perfect fuel for severe thunderstorms to develop across the region on Thursday. Thunderstorm watches were issued by the early morning hours, expanding to more widespread warnings as the day wore on.
Heavy rain and strong winds were reported Thursday evening, knocking out power, disrupting flights and even flipping trailers in an area north of Montreal.
(A trailer lies on its side in a campground in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan in the aftermath of a storm on Thursday evening - Submitted to CBC)
EF-1 TORNADO CONFIRMED
According to a report from CBC, two trailers were overturned by the heavy winds at a campground in Saint-Roch-de-l'Achigan, about 50 kilometres north of Montreal. After surveying the storm damage, Environment Canada confirmed that an EF-1 tornado with winds up to 175 km/h touched down in the area.
"Trailers flipped over, trees came down," Alexandre Caron, the owner of Camping Horizon told CBC News. He said he has seen strong winds before, but never like this.
Several other regions also reported uprooted trees and at the height of the storm, Hydro-Québec reported over 105,000 customers were without power with more than 17,000 of those in the city of Montreal alone.
SEVERE THUNDERSTORM RISK CONTINUES SATURDAY
On Saturday, a cold front approaching from the west will shift the focus of active weather to the western section of the province. Severe thunderstorm warnings and watches are in effect for parts of the region, including Gatineau.
"Thunderstorms will initiate through the afternoon hours from Mont-Laurier to Gatineau and westward," says Weather Network meteorologist Kelly Sonnenburg. "Most storms are expected to stay non-severe, but isolated pockets of stronger storm dynamics may produce locally severe storms with strong winds, small hail and heavy rain."
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