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Two tornadoes touched down in Quebec Monday


Storm clouds take over the Ontario skies
Storm clouds take over the Ontario skies

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

June 29, 2010 — It was a stormy start to the week in Ontario and Quebec on Monday. Find out where two tornadoes touched down.

Rain floods a Cookshire home
Rain floods a Cookshire home

Heavy rain and widespread thunderstorms lead to a dreary start to the work week in southern Ontario and Quebec Monday.

Our Stormline was flooded with calls about the heavy rain and hail hammering a large stretch of the region. We also received some viewer video from a few areas including Peterborough that shows the severe downpour in the late afternoon hours.

While it was mostly a rain event for several parts of Ontario, the farther east you went, the more severe it got. The Sherbrooke airport in Quebec recorded more than 40mm of rain in only a two hour time-frame. This heavy rain caused water levels to rise and rivers to swell. Some of the water even spilled into houses and buildings in the Cookshire area.

But that wasn't the full extent of the damage. With severe thunderstorm warnings in place, there's always the possibility for tornadoes. Environment Canada has confirmed that two twisters touched down in Quebec on Monday afternoon.

Cooling down in Ontario
Cooling down in Ontario

One hit Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, a western suburb of Montreal and the other struck Mascouche, just north of the city. Both tornadoes were rated F0 on the Fujita scale, which means winds were not exceeding 116km/h.

It will be a much less active day on Tuesday with only a few showers expected for the southern parts of the province. And for southern Ontario, the sun has made its return.

“The active weather for southern Ontario is over for the next few days,” says Rob Davis, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “The system that was causing this streak of active weather has moved eastward leaving us cooler, but much more stable,” notes Davis.

For the latest details on the weather in your region, you can check out the Canadian Cities Index. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV. The National Forecast comes up at the top and bottom of each hour.

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