One dead as tornado hits Mascouche, Que., north of Montreal

One dead in tornado

A tornado struck Mascouche, Que., a suburb north of Montreal, late this afternoon, leaving one man dead.

Marisa Curcio, a spokeswoman for the municipality, says the tornado touched down in a neighbourhood in the northeastern part of the town located about 45 kilometres from Montreal.

She confirmed the death of one resident and said public works and the fire department are trying to secure the area.

Mayor Guillaume Tremblay wrote on his Facebook page there was damage reported in several parts of the city and emergency teams had been dispatched to those sectors hardest hit.

An Environment Canada meteorologist confirmed a tornado had struck but said it was too soon to determine its strength.

Quebec Public Security Minister Geneviève Guilbault extended her condolences to the family of the victim on Twitter and said provincial officials were mobilizing to help those affected.

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