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High Winds Alert

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In case of severe wind warning:

Thunderstorms, winter storms, microbursts and tornadoes are characterized by high winds that can cause significant damage and even death. Here's what you can do to protect yourself.


Have at home essential items for your basic necessities.

Cut and regularly pick up tree branches on your property. If you have trees near electrical wires, contact Hydro-Québec.


Follow weather warnings on radio, TV or internet;

Store or secure anything the wind could carry, such as garden furniture, barbecue, garbage cans, awnings or temporary car shelter.


If you are at home:

Gather your family together in a safe place as in the basement or find shelter under a solid piece of furniture. If your home does not have a basement, seek shelter in the bathroom, a corridor, a closet or under a solid piece of furniture;

Stay away from doors and windows;

Avoid taking the elevator if you live in an apartment building;

Evacuate your mobile home because it could be blown away.

If you are outside:

Take refuge in a safe building whose roof seems solid to withstand the force of the wind and the weight of the snow;

If you are in an open area and there is no shelter nearby, seek refuge under a viaduct, in a ditch or a fold of land. Lie face down and protect your head with your hands;

If your car is stuck on the road during a snow storm, do not leave your vehicle. Open a window when you run the engine to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning.


Pay attention to debris such as sheet metal, glass or any other cutting object;

Do not touch hanging electrical wires or on the floor, as they may be live. Contact Hydro-Québec.

Never enter a building damaged by winds;

Pay attention to the quality of drinking water, especially after heavy rains. If in doubt, check with your city.

For more information visit the Ministère de la sécurité publique