After a violent thunderstorm generated a tornado just outside of Montreal, the largest city in the province of Quebec, Canada, at least one person was killed, and two more were injured.
Tornade à Mascouche 😱 pic.twitter.com/fnSsvImSLu— Philippe Meunier (@maxiwheat1979) June 21, 2021
Seeking for Shelter
After originally witnessing the tornado, the victim, a man in his 60s, allegedly attempted to seek cover in his shed. According to CTV News, he was killed as the twister swept over the Mascouche neighborhood of Montreal. The devastating weather, residents said CTV News, happened in a matter of seconds.
In addition to the tornado, the town was allegedly damaged by severe wind gusts. According to CTV News, a home under construction was blown from its foundation, and huge trees were broken like twigs. "I saw a cloud in front of me with everything floating around it, including swings and chairs. I attempted to shut the door, but the pressure was too much; wind blasted in and blew the glass out, "Alexandre Levesque, a local, said CTV News in an interview.
The death was verified when Minister of Public Safety Geneviève Guilbault expressed her sympathies to the family on Twitter. Philippe Meunier, a Mascouche resident, told CTV News that his daughter witnessed a tornado in the region at 3:45 p.m. local time before filming the whirling clouds.
Residents of Mascouche, Quebec captured multiple videos of the tornado that struck the Montreal suburb on Monday afternoon, now confirmed to be EF2, causing damage and resulting in one death: https://t.co/yYrPcDuZ1X #QCstorm pic.twitter.com/nDk5m6Lolu— The Weather Network (@weathernetwork) June 22, 2021
According to Environment Canada spokesperson Peter Kimbell, a tornado touched down around 30 miles (46 kilometers) north of Montreal around 4 p.m. local time.
Photos on social media, according to CTV News, revealed considerable devastation across specific neighborhoods that were damaged by the twister.
Urgence After the storm caused "serious damage," Quebec warned Mascouche residents to be cautious of debris and the possibility of live electrical lines in the streets.
According to CTV News, over 50,000 consumers in Quebec province were without power by late afternoon local time.
According to CTV News, the Red Cross has provided 50 individuals with food, housing, and clothing.
"With a powerful storm passing to the north of the area, the elements were ripe for severe weather in southern Quebec," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Brett Anderson, who routinely provides predictions for Canada.
The storm brought extremely humid air with dew point values in the low 70s F. (21-23 C). It produced an environment for tornadic thunderstorm cells when combined with substantial wind shear, which allowed thunderstorms to form and strengthen.
"Based on the damaged footage, this appears to be EF1-EF2 damage (86-135 mph gusts), but this is only an estimate since local experts will need to be on-site to acquire a more precise storm classification," Anderson noted.
Tornadoes in Quebec
According to Anderson, tornadoes are prevalent in southern Quebec. "There have been hundreds of tornadoes since 1980, with a couple of them reaching EF3," he noted.
Tornado Alley runs through parts of southwest Ontario in eastern Canada. Tornado Alley is located in the central and southern Plains of the United States, where tornadoes are most common.
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