Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes

Power returning after Environment Canada confirms two Ottawa tornadoes

Cars were flipped off the highway, power lines were downed and tornado, along with the gusting winds, rain and huge hail that came along with it caused severe damage to homes, businesses and community hubs.

Matt Day, a former Canoe online editor and Ottawa Sun reporter, was in Dunrobin Friday evening, interviewing residents and trying to get a sense of the destruction caused by the twister that ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau area hours earlier. More than 215 buildings suffered damage or were destroyed in his city - affecting a total of 1,686 housing units, he added.

They said they'd arrived home just a few minutes before the tornado cut its swath through the neighbourhood.

The Ottawa Hospital said in a tweet late Friday night that it was treating six people with storm related injuries, including two who were in critical condition, one with serious injuries, and the others listed as either stable or in fair condition.

At one point, more than 200,000 hydro customers in Ontario and Quebec were without power.

Hydro crews were at work this morning trying to untangle and fix fallen power lines, some of which snapped like twigs in the Friday tornadoes that hit the Ottawa area.

"Literally, it looks like some bomb was dropped from the air".

He made the decision after speaking to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson on Saturday, Ford told CFRA radio in an interview.

Tuesday evening storm threat 6 PM to Midnight
For that reason, the National Weather Service has us under a slight risk of severe weather. Mixed but dry skies are in the forecast for Thursday with a high of 19 C and low of 9 C.

Much of Dunrobin, a semi-rural community about 35 kilometres west of downtown Ottawa, remained cordoned off by police Saturday afternoon. Personal items were strewn everywhere - a baby blanket, a life jacket, mattresses, lawn mowers, a fridge, a kitchen sink lying on the grass and even a love seat wrapped around a telephone pole. Meteorologist Simon Legault said there was evidence of powerful winds between 180 and 220 kilometres per hour, which would correspond with an EF2 category tornado.

Video posted online shows the powerful winds shatter a driver's window as the tornado touches down.

He said the roof of his neighbour's house was torn off and the second storey of another house was gone by the time the intense system passed.

A tornado tore through parts of Ottawa and Gatineau, Que. on Friday, Sept. 21.

Finally, I want to thank my fellow caucus members Merrilee Fullerton, Lisa MacLeod, Steve Clark, Goldie Ghamari and Jeremy Roberts for keeping in touch with me around the clock, and giving me a real sense of what the people of the Ottawa region are facing as the recovery effort gets underway.

Residents on both sides of the Ottowa River were left stunned as they attempted to pick up the pieces.

"We have lost absolutely everything". He was not home when the tornado struck.

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