Crews restore power after high winds take down trees in southern Quebec

Tornado in Saint-Julien uproots trees, tears down mobile home

Posted: August 30, 2018
Last Updated: August 30, 2018

Strong wind knocked down trees in the Montreal area on Wednesday, including in Pointe-Claire at the corner of St-Louis and Parkdale avenues. (Submitted by Theo Wouters)

​Hydro-Québec crews worked through the night to restore electricity after a powerful storm left 170,000 without power in southern Quebec on Wednesday afternoon.

"A storm crossing Quebec has caused trees and branches to break and fall on our power lines," the public utility said on its website.


Some buildings were also damaged

Wind gusts as strong as 93 kilometres per hour were recorded at Trudeau International Airport, Wednesday.

Early Thursday, about 11,500 homes and businesses were still without power across the province, with about 5,700 of those in the Montreal area.

About 4,800 Hydro-Québec customers without power in the Montérégie Thursday morning, and the Chaudière-Appalaches, Mauricie and Eastern Townships regions also had scattered outages.

Tornado hits Saint-Julien

Violent winds on Wednesday tore down a mobile home in Saint-Julien, about 120 kilometres south of Quebec City.The home was empty at the time, and its residents have been taken in by the Red Cross.

Witnesses said they saw a dozen trees uprooted.

Environment Canada meteorologist Alexandre Parent is on site in Saint-Julien today to investigate what happened.

"Yesterday, all the conditions were present for a summer storm," Parent said.

The weather agency confirmed the damage was caused by a level two tornado on the Fujita scale, meaning wind speed ranged from 180 to 220 km/h.

With files from Radio-Canada's Gravel le matin