Watch for severe thunderstorms in the eastern provinces

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Environment Canada also warns of gusts of up to 90 km/h. (Archive photo)

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Posted at 3:35 p.m. EDT

Thunderstorms broke out Thursday in the eastern provinces of the country, notably in Quebec and Ontario, where severe thunderstorm warnings from Environment Canada are in effect.

In Quebec, the sectors concerned are notably those of Richmond, Sherbrooke and Lac-Mégantic, in Estrie. The alert was lifted for the sectors of Weedon, also in Estrie, and Drummondville, in Centre-du-Québec.

Still in Estrie, the Brome-Missisquoi, Coaticook, Cookshire, Mont Orford and Lake Memphremagog sectors are subject to heat and violent storm alerts.

In southern Ontario, meteorologists are monitoring a severe thunderstorm that could produce rain, very strong gusts, and even hail. In particular, they mention winds of up to 90 km/h.

Environment Canada advises the population to take shelter if a storm breaks out.

These alerts come as a heat wave persists in Quebec since Tuesday.

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