Montérégie: “Such an isolated tornado, this powerful, it’s the first time,” according to a firefighter

Montérégie: “Such an isolated tornado, this powerful, it’s the first time,” according to a firefighter
Montérégie: “Such an isolated tornado, this powerful, it’s the first time,” according to a firefighter

The day after the first tornado of the year, it was time for cleanup on Tuesday in Rigaud and Très-Saint-Rédempteur, in Montérégie.

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In total, it is estimated that the tornado traveled nearly 12 kilometers, destroying in particular a residence in Très-Saint-Rédempteur and a farm in Rigaud in its path.

“It’s boring, but it’s part of life. It happened to us about 35 years ago, but not that big,” said the owner of Ferme Carra, Richard Carrière, in tears at the damage on his land.

For the meteorologist and president of MétéoGlobale, Jean-Charles Beaubois, this first tornado of the year arrived “very early since we are still at the end of May”. He said tornado season is expected to last until the end of July.

“Depending on the damage, Environment Canada experts can determine what force [elle a eu]but […] it’s not an F1. That’s for sure. It’s probably an F2,” he explained to TVA Nouvelles, emphasizing that a force 2 tornado brings winds of 180 or 200 km/h.

According to the director of the Rigaud Fire Safety Service, this is the first time we have seen such a phenomenon in the sector.

“We’ve had big storms, but a tornado this isolated, this powerful over 30 feet, a dozen kilometers, is the first time,” he mentioned in an interview with TVA Nouvelles.

What to do in the event of a tornado?

He also recalled the importance of taking shelter when a tornado warning is issued by Environment Canada.

“As soon as they talk about a tornado warning to take shelter in the basement, which was sent out around 2 p.m. Naturally, it is not to cry wolf all the time, but to follow the recommendations of the experts. It can save lives. Sir to [Très-Saint-Rédempteur] knows something about it,” he added.

The gentleman in question is Daniel Gélinas. The latter was in his house when it was hit by the tornado, creating very significant damage. Fortunately, he was not injured.

“We’re still in quite a bit of shock. Obviously, there is a lot of work to be done. We’ve been working for four years to build all the things we wanted to have on our land and now we have to start all over again,” he said once he returned to the site to see the damage.

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