Strong winds, hail and heavy rains caused heavy damage throughout southwestern Wednesday
The violent storms, accompanied by hailstorms and rain that swept across southwestern Quebec on Wednesday, lifted trees, roofs and even a house, causing serious damage and depriving nearly 200,000 people of electricity. .
The thunderstorm from Ontario raged on Quebec in the early afternoon, caused by a cold front on the province after a heat episode.
The most severely affected regions were Montérégie, Estrie and Beauce.
In Montreal, winds reaching 93 km / h caused trees to fall on cars and many branches were torn down. In the district of Saint-Léonard, the roof of a building flew away.
In Chaudière-Appalaches, in Saint-Julien, near Thetford Mines, a mobile home was completely blown away by what could be a tornado.
The house that was raised by strong winds found itself in the middle of the 3rd Rang Ouest.
Fortunately, no one was inside.
“A chance we were in Thetford, otherwise we would be dead. We would be below, “said Armand Boissonneault, 82, who lived in this house with his wife Pierrette.
The couple was relocated temporarily by the Red Cross.
“But afterwards, I can not tell you. I do not know what we will do, “sadly conceded Armand Boissonneault.
Sûreté du Québec spokeswoman Christine Coulombe says there were no other casualties. Joined by Le Journal, municipal inspector Éric Faucher still had a hard time believing what had happened in his municipality.
” I have never seen that ! There are thousands of trees torn out, “he said.
Everywhere, the passage of thunderstorms was accompanied by abundant and sudden precipitations.
“There were so-called juicy storms, which give a lot of rain when they pass, explains the meteorologist Gilles Brien. In these cases, it can fall between 30 and 50 mm in less than one hour and this can lead to flash floods. “
In addition to damaging many vehicles, the falling trees caused a massive blackout.
About 173,000 people were without power in the middle of the afternoon, and 73,000 in the late evening.
Approximately 48,000 of the affected households were in the Montreal area, and the rest in Montérégie.
Hydro-Québec, which had deployed about 500 field agents, could not determine Wednesday night how long it would take to fully restore service.
These storms should give way to a drop in temperatures in the coming days.
However, they do not sound the end of summer heat, think the meteorologist Gilles Brien.
“There is going to be a break in the middle of next week and a return to 21.22 degrees, but it will probably warm up in late September,” he says. We remember that last year, we had a heat wave in late September, so we will keep an eye on it. “