Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

A man removes branches from a damaged tree after a tornado hit the Mont-Bleu neighbourhood in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, September 22, 2018.

In areas lashed by the tornado, scenes of the havoc were everywhere. In Dunrobin, authorities said many buildings that had emerged from the tornado partially intact would likely have to be torn down.

Toronto Hydro says in a tweet that it is working to restore about 4,300 power outages in the city.

Three people were seriously injured as a result of the storm, including one person who has been listed in critical condition.

Twin tornadoes tore through the Ottowa-Gatineau area of Canada on Friday, damaging buildings, flipping cars and leaving tens of thousands without power according to local reports.

"Last night's storm was devastating to our electrical infrastructure, arguably as bad if not worse than the ice storm in 1998", Conrad told reporters.

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Environment Canada issued a warning for much of the eastern Ontario region ahead of the tornado that saw high winds level homes and flip vehicles.

Meanwhile, across the river in Gatineau, Hydro Quebec said 165,000 customers were without power after Friday's storm, but that number has been widdled down to 114,000 as of 7 a.m. Saturday.

"Tonight, I want to let the people of Ottawa know that we're all thinking of you", said Ford, who also thanked first responders and hydro crews.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard broke off campaigning ahead of an Oct 1 provincial election to travel to Gatineau.

The shocking footage shows debris flying through the neighbourhood and resident filming the video can be heard screaming as the tornado devastates homes.

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