Tornado warning for southwestern Quebec

Alert tornado for southwestern Quebec

Meteorologists are monitoring severe thunderstorms that could form a tornado in the Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Eustache sectors.

Environment Canada has issued a tornado warning for southwestern Quebec. Residents of Saint-Jérôme and Saint-Eustache are particularly urged to exercise caution.

Environment Canada meteorologists are monitoring a severe thunderstorm possibly producing a tornado, says the alert, issued at 2:20 p.m.

“The storm is currently moving northwest between Blainville and Saint-Jérôme,” said meteorologist Peter Kimbell around 3:30 p.m.

Lachute had also been targeted by the tornado warning, but this was replaced by a severe thunderstorm watch around 3:10 p.m.

Severe thunderstorm watches have also been issued for Mont-Tremblant, Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Sainte-Adèle and Saint-Sauveur. Destructive winds, large hail and intense rain in places are also possible, we can read on the Quebec Public Security website.

Typically, in these situations, thunderstorms move quite quickly, explains Peter Kimbell. An alert can be in effect and no longer be five minutes later, he said in an interview on RDI.

The meteorologist nevertheless invites the populations residing in these sectors to be wary.

In the event of an alert tornado, it is important to seek refuge, if possible in a basement or if not in a room away from windows.

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