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A man clears debris from his backyard after a tornado touched down in Mascouche, Que., northeast of Montreal, on June 21, 2021.

Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press

Environment Canada says Quebec was hit by four tornadoes on Monday afternoon, including a fatal twister that left a man dead north of Montreal.

The agency said today in its weather summary the first tornado, a zero on the Enhanced Fujita Scale, hit Saint-Valentin, Que., south of Montreal, with winds at 115 kilometres an hour, at about 3:35 p.m. The scale rates wind damage between zero and five, with five being the strongest.

Ten minutes later, Mascouche, Que., was hit with an EF2, with maximum winds of 200 km/h, claiming the life of Jacques Lefebvre, 59.

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About 4:15 p.m., a third tornado – also an EF0 – hit Saint-Célestin, a village in central Quebec, with winds of 115 km/h.

And an EF1 hit Saint-Narcisse-de-Beaurivage, in Chaudière-Appalaches, south of Quebec City, about 4:50 p.m., with winds estimated at 150 km/h.

The results released today are based on damage observed on the ground, in collaboration with Northern Tornado Project, based at Western University in London, Ont.

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