A brief, but very powerful thunderstorm raced across the Montreal area Tuesday afternoon, bringing with it heavy rain, hail, strong winds — and even confirmation of a funnel cloud touching down near Trudeau airport.
The storm lasted barely a half an hour, but it was strong enough to flood streets, knock down trees and tree branches, and even cause several accidents.
It also dumped as much as 50 millimetres of rain in some areas.
And as of 4 p.m., about 30,000 homes and businesses across the area lost power, including about 17,000 in Laval — though that figure went down to about 9,000 just an hour later.
At McGill University, people attending the afternoon convocation ceremony in a tent set up on the field just inside the Roddick Gates had to be rushed into the Leacock building, where the ceremonies and the picture-taking continued — though an overflow crowd was forced into the nearby Arts building.
Many described the experience as "scary" on social media, but in the end, no one was hurt.