Tornado warning issued as potentially dangerous conditions Montreal are predicted

Meteorologists are tracking strong winds, heavy rain and hail for Montreal and other parts of the province today.

Laura Osborne
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Laura Osborne
Editor, Time Out Canada
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Montreal has seen heat waves, some severe thunderstorms and smog warnings over the past few weeks.

Are we adding tornadoes to the list?

A tornado watch issued by Environment and Climate Change Canada warns that the current weather conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms with the potential to produce tornadoes.

An update at 3:35 p.m. stated that doppler radar indicated a potential tornado near Vaudreuil moving north-east.

According to the Environment and Climate Change Canada warning, we should be prepared for a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation and Montreal and other affected areas should be prepared for severe weather. 

Strong winds, large hail and heavy rainfall are also predicted this afternoon and evening, conditions that have the potential to produce tornadoes. 

What to do in the event of a tornado?

Environment and Climate Change Canada cautions to take cover immediately if threatening weather approaches, go indoors to a room on the lowest floor that is far away from outside walls and windows (a basement, bathroom, stairwell or closet).

Mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelters should be avoided.

As a last resort, Environment and Climate Change Canada suggests lying in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris. It’s also important to remember that lightning kills and injures Canadians every year, so when thunder roars, go indoors.

For weather updates from Environment and Climate Change Canada, click here.

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