Devastating Tornado Knocks Out Power For More Than 145000 In Ottawa Area

23 September, 2018, 23:30 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Ottawa Paramedics

OTTAWA-Environment Canada says a tornado touched down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., on Friday afternoon and much of southern Ontario saw severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts.

A tornado in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., overturned cars and caused extensive damage to houses.

Fred Chartrand/CP Apartment buildings in the Ottawa region had roofs torn off and windows blown out after a tornado caused extensive damage and forced hundreds of families to evacuate their homes on September 21, 2018. Authorities said dozens of people suffered injuries.

The Ottawa Hospital said late Friday night it had received six patients, two of them in critical condition.

"The worst, I think, is over, but there is the potential for more", Kimbell said.

After visiting the hard-hit Dunrobin area, in the city's west, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson likened it to an aerial bombing, adding that Friday's tornado was among "the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city" in history.


At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out, but as of Sunday morning, the Hydro Ottawa and Hydro Quebec websites reported the number had been reduced to fewer than 80,000 - 70,000 in the Ottawa area and 8,300 in the Outaouais region, which encompasses Gatineau.

This has also caused damage to properties with downed trees and powerlines.

Meantime, hydro crews are working to untangle and fix fallen power lines and restore electricity to the region.

Officials warned people not to re-enter their homes until they had been deemed safe as firefighters went door-to-door to determine whether structures were still sound.

Meteorologist Simon Legault said there was evidence of powerful winds between 112-137 miles per hour (180-220 kilometers per hour).

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