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Quebec on alert for severe thunderstorms

 Posted on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 9:40 a.m. Updated on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 2:12 p.m.
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 The Quebec region received a lot of rain in a few minutes, especially in the Lebourgneuf sector.  Photo: Courtesy: Jenifer Picard

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 A TEXT BY ALAIN ROCHEFORT

 The heavy rains that fell on the Capitale-Nationale on Thursday morning were perhaps only the prelude to what awaits Quebecers by the end of the day.  Other violent storms that are likely to cause damage should affect the greater Quebec City region on Thursday.

 Environment and Climate Change Canada issued an early afternoon alert for severe thunderstorms affecting both sides of the river, namely the regions of Côte-de-Beaupré–L'Île d'Orléans, Lotbinière, Portneuf, Quebec as well as  than Valcartier-Stoneham.

 The watch was however lifted for the sectors of Lévis, Bellechasse and Saint-Lambert.

 Environment Canada meteorologists are monitoring a line of severe thunderstorms that can produce very strong gusts, hail the size of a pea to a dime and heavy rain.

 Environment and Climate Change Canada

 Be extra careful

 Motorists and boaters will have to be extra vigilant, insists the federal body, which fears large hail, destructive winds or torrential rains.

 Torrential rains can cause flash flooding and water accumulation on roads.  Strong gusts can throw loose objects, damage flimsy buildings, tear tree branches and overturn large vehicles, says Environment and Climate Change Canada's alert.

 This morning, a few millimeters of rain fell in a few minutes on Quebec, especially in the Lebourgneuf and La Cité-Limoilou sectors.

 Last May, Quebec was hit hard by a derecho, a rare weather phenomenon.