Quebec tornado warning ends, but properties still damaged by heavy storms
Published Sunday, June 18, 2017 2:44PM EDT
Last Updated Monday, June 19, 2017 1:37PM EDT
A tornado alert released for southwestern Quebec has been lifted after two hours of tension for people throughout the province.
On their website, Environment Canada warned that residents in the Trois-Rivieres, Louiseville, Shawinigan and Berthierville-St-Gabriel areas should exercise caution as tornadoes could form in the wake of a severe thunderstorm.
The alert also warns of high winds, heavy hail and intense rain.
A tornado watch was issued for Gatineau, as well as Lac-aux-Sables, and Sainte-Anne-de-la-Perade in the Mauricie.
An alert that was issued for the Rawdon-Joliette area was lifted later in the afternoon.
However, in other areas like Sainte-Melanie in the Lanaudiere region, thick clouds and heavy rain were very much present and moving swiftly.
Nuage mur près de sainte-Mélanie à 14:30. Forte cellule orageuse en présence. pic.twitter.com/8m5ED8T3zh— Hydro Météo (@Hydrometeo) June 18, 2017
Environment Canada advised those in an area with threatening weather approaching to take cover immediately.
Anyone observing a funnel cloud, swirling or flying debris or hear a roaring sound should go indoors to a room on the lowest floor and stay away from walls and windows. People in mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other free-standing or temporary shelters are advised to leave and seek shelter in a strong building.
Social media users are cautioning the public that the storm has already caused some damages in areas -- including the collapse of some buildings and toppled trees.
The above photo shows a house in Sainte-Anne-du-Lac in the Laurentides, destroyed by heavy winds around 1 p.m., causing slight injury to its two inhabitants, said the Surete du Quebec.
Another house in Herbertville, in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, toppled due to the wind.
Fallen trees have also blocked off several roads.
Severe thunderstorm alerts are holding steady, issued for the Mont-Tremblant-St-Michel-des-Saints and Laurentian regions.
Heat warnings have also been issued for much of southern Quebec, with humidex values set to soar above 40.