Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., Environment Canada says

Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., Environment Canada says

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.

The hospital said two patients were in critical condition, one had serious injuries, and the others were listed as either stable or in fair condition.

Hydro Toronto said on Twitter that more than 5,000 customers were without power and restoration efforts were expected to last into Saturday.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged residents to check on neighbors who might need help. Dunrobin suffered the worst of the storm, with 60 buildings damaged and several taken right to the ground.

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. Ford pledged the province's full support to residents recovering from the storm.

Thirty people were injured during the passage of the tornado, which occurred late Friday afternoon in an area straddling the provinces of Ontario and Quebec. A previous version incorrectly referred to Greg Kiraly as Hydro One CEO.

High school students across Ontario have walked out of school Friday to protest changes to sex education and Indigenous curriculum. It also encouraged food-truck operators to visit the most affected neighbourhoods.

Glenn Johnson, who lives in the west end of Ottawa, says a construction crew that arrived at his home on Sunday morning told him it will be months before the repairs can be completed.

Earlier on Friday evening, there was a tornado warning for Lachute and Saint-Jerome. "My partner got her foot cut and I got hit with flying glass as we were trying to get the dogs and cat and everything down in the basement". Then they emerged to a changed world.

"The house across the road - their garage was gone".

The roof was sheared off, the second storey of the edifice was open to the sky.

"You can't even get down the street because there are so many giant trees that had been taken down", Johnson said.

Amid the devastation, there have been many tales of kindness. A lot of people have been stepping up to help storm victims with a hot meal, an outlet to charge their phone or a shower. More than 3,000 people were fed hot meals on Saturday at a community centre in the suburb or Barrhaven.

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