Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits

Audrey Hill
September 25, 2018

She urged people to take anything they'd found to West Carleton High School, one of a pair of emergency shelters set up following Friday's storm.

Residents of the Ottawa region are facing widespread power outages and school closures after two tornadoes struck on Friday.

Damage from the storm is major - roofs have been torn off homes and cars were overturned on Highway 50 - and the cleanup was just beginning on Saturday morning.

Meanwhile, officials said firefighters are going door-to-door to determine whether structures are safe to re-enter.

Environment Canada said that at nearly the same time a second, lightly less powerful, twister touched down in the south Ottawa neighbourhood of Arlington Woods. "We're here to reassure everyone in the region that's been affected that we'll spare no expense, we'll do whatever it takes to make sure we get people back on their feet".

"It looked like something you'd see in a movie, or you'd see in tornado valley in Oklahoma", said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who had seen drone footage of the twister.

Laurel Wingrove picks up stickers and a firefighter's jacket belonging to her boyfriend that were thrown outside their home when it was damaged by a tornado in Dunrobin, Ont., west of Ottawa, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

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'I have got a beer fridge that's sitting in my garage - that is the only thing that is untouched - but everything else has gone, ' Nicholson said.

Hundreds of people are displacedin Gatineau, Quebec with multiple homes destroyed.

"It's heartbreaking to say the least", Ford told reporters Sunday afternoon.

I plan to visit the impacted areas tomorrow, wanting to respect the first responders and hydro crews who today are working hard on their plan to restore power to the impacted homes and businesses and help those who are displaced.

On Saturday night, the province announced it would activate a program offering emergency help beyond what private insurance covers to people affected by the tornadoes in Ottawa.

"It's tough but at the same time the community has really rallied together".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also tweeted Saturday day that he'd spoken with the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau to offer federal assistance.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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