EF-0 tornado touches down in Maniwaki, Quebec
Friday, June 3, 2016, 3:37 PM - Environment Canada has confirmed an EF-0 tornado touched down north of Gatineau, Quebec Thursday.
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As severe weather rolled through, meteorologists were tracking three strong supercells in the area.
Thunderstorms developed in the Outaouais region and in Abitibi under a moist air mass and low pressure trough, according to Environment Canada.
"One of these storms became severe around 6 p.m. in the Maniwaki region. Strong wind gusts caused significant damage. Heavy showers and hail were also reported," the agency reported Friday morning. "A video showing a funnel cloud which seems to touch the ground was taken near Maniwaki."
Celine Morin posted several photos of the destruction including, uprooted trees and structural damage to buildings. According to Hydro Quebec, no power outages were reported.
A brick wall of a commercial building caved in and part of the aluminium siding off another business was ripped off, said Environment Canada. In addition, several broken and uprooted trees were found on a golf course, in a park and urban areas. Some trees also fell on buildings.
Officials assessed the damage on Friday and concluded that it was associated with tornadic activity and not a microburst. The investigation continues.
"Severe thunderstorms are possible once again on Friday as the front pushes east of Montreal," said The Weather Network meteorologist Erin Wenckstern. "The greatest risk will be along the St. Lawrence Valley.