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Tornado touches down in Quebec


Storm damage from the weekend storms
Storm damage from the weekend storms

Alexandra Pope, staff writer

August 9, 2011 — A tornado touched down in the northern Saguenay-Lac Saint-Jean region of Quebec Saturday afternoon, damaging cottages and uprooting trees.

This was Quebec's third confirmed tornado of the year
This was Quebec's third confirmed tornado of the year

A violent line of thunderstorms spawned a tornado and a microburst in Quebec on Saturday.

The F1 tornado touched down between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. in Sainte-Elisabeth-de Proulx, about 100 km northwest of Chicoutimi. Winds gusted up to 150 km/h, tearing roofs off homes and toppling trees in the area.

The same thunderstorm also caused a microburst in Saint-Ludger-de-Milot, about 30 kilometres southeast of Sainte-Elisabeth. No injuries were reported, but trees were uprooted and several summer cottages were damaged. About 1,600 people in nearby Lac Saint-Jean were left in the dark as the storms rolled through.

This was Quebec's third confirmed tornado of 2011.

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