Tornado watch in effect for several parts of central and southern Quebec

Environment Canada has issued a tornado watch for many areas of central and southern Quebec today.

Stretching from the Eastern Townships to central Quebec — including Trois-Rivières — and as far as Quebec City, Environment Canada says conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms that could produce tornadoes this afternoon. noon.

Warnings have been issued for the following regions: Eastern Townships, Beauce, Drummondville-Bois-Francs, Mauricie, Quebec and Montmagny—L’Islet.

Large hail and heavy rain are also possible, the weather agency said.

Calling it a potentially dangerous situation, the agency says people should be prepared for inclement weather and should seek shelter immediately if severe storms are approaching.

To stay safe during a tornado, the agency recommends going indoors to the lowest room possible, away from exterior walls and windows, such as a basement or closet. Choose a solid building, leaving mobile homes, caravans and cars behind. As a last resort, it is recommended to lie down in a low place and protect your head from any flying debris.

“This is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation,” the weather agency said, adding to watch out for lightning.

Other regions, including Montreal and the Laurentians, are subject to severe thunderstorm warnings.

A full breakdown of warnings for each region of Quebec can be found on Environment Canada’s website. public alert page.