Environment Canada says winds reached 155 km/h during the devastating tornado in Quebec

MONTREAL — Environment Canada says the tornado that struck west of Montreal on Monday generated maximum wind speeds of about 155 kilometers per hour.

The agency said in a statement today that the storm’s path was 14 kilometers long, from Très-Saint-Rédempteur, Que., to Pointe-Fortune.

Data collected by the Northern Tornadoes Project at Western University in London, Ontario, places the tornado as an EF-1, which is at the lower end of the Enhanced Fujita Scale used to measure tornado severity.

The tornado ripped through communities about 60 kilometers west of Montreal around 5:30 p.m. Monday, taking seconds to tear apart homes, vehicles and farm buildings.

Très-Saint-Rédempteur Mayor Julie Lemieux said the tornado toppled trees and damaged several homes and farm buildings in her community and in nearby Rigaud.

No injuries have been reported.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 29, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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