It is indeed a tornado that did much damage in Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton, in Estrie, on late Monday afternoon. Forty-eight hours later, the cleaning is ongoing and there are still for weeks.
There has been strong winds and damage are important in the municipality: large trees were uprooted, branches broken, and even houses have been damaged (cover or roof torn off, in particular).
The broken trees are calculated by the dozens on the priority of Michel Caron, who has had the chance to receive the help of several friends to clean up. “It really touches me to receive all this help. Without them, I would have had for months,” he confided in an interview with TVA News.
“The tornado crossed about three kilometers in the municipality, especially in the parish of Saint-Mathias-de-Bonneterre, explained the director of the fire Service, Saint-Isidore-de-Clifton, Daniel Fortier. Twenty homes were affected. One is still inaccessible, because the wind has penetrated to the inside and moved a load bearing wall.”
The playground and the baseball field were partially or completely destroyed. The church has also been affected, parts of coating have been uprooted by the wind.
“There is debris everywhere on the ground of the church and in the cemetery, told a volunteer. Since Monday that it picks up.”
According to the Fujita scale which measures the severity of a tornado is between 0 and 5, the tornado has been classified on a preliminary basis by Environment Canada in the category EF0, which corresponds to light damage. It speaks, however, of gusts of 105 to 135 kilometres per hour. Approximately 66 % of tornadoes are in this category.
Environment Canada invites citizens to submit videos and photos of tornado at the address firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the events of Monday, we are already made to six tornadoes confirmed in Quebec this year. However, on average, six tornadoes per year in the province, according to Environment Canada.