MASCOUCHE, Que.—A Quebec city north of Montreal is cleaning up today after a tornado ripped through the community on Monday afternoon.
Why. One person died after taking shelter in his shed in K Muskouche, while two others were injured after being touched by a tornado.
Environment Canada says that at around 3:45 p.m. a thunderstorm cell generated a tornado in a residential neighborhood, causing injuries and destruction.
Meteorologists surveying the damage Monday evening say their preliminary findings suggest the tornado’s maximum wind speed is between 180 kph and 200 km/h, which is consistent with an EF2 tornado.
Muscouche Mayor Guillaume Tremblay said the city was caught by the twister late Monday, but its emergency response plan was quickly put into action and worked well.
He said he started getting calls about a tornado around the same time that meteorologists noticed it.
“We often have violent storm watches in our city, but from talking about tornadoes to that, I think no one knew it would happen,” Tremblay said.
A city spokesman says about 100 buildings were damaged.
The weather agency said in a summary published Tuesday morning that “houses were damaged, trees were uprooted and objects more than three kilometers across were thrown.
The Red Cross said it was preparing to help 50 to 100 people access food, clothing and temporary shelter. The agency says very few people will need assistance going forward.
Environment Canada issued a strong thunderstorm watch for many areas of southern and central Quebec on Monday due to high humidity and high temperatures. The agency says damage reports from other parts of the province are being analyzed.