Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Federico Mansilla
Setiembre 22, 2018

As of 7:20 a.m. Saturday, Hydro Ottawa reported 80 power lines still down in the city and more than 200 outages affecting 170,000 customers.

A tornado damaged cars in Gatineau, Que., and houses in a community west of Ottawa on Friday afternoon as much of southern Ontario saw severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts, Environment Canada said.

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

Conrad said a knocked out Hydro One generator is giving them the most trouble and that it could take several days to restore it because of debris in the way.

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Environment and Climate Change Canada has confirmed that a tornado touched down in the Ottawa area. "They're working in unsafe conditions and, at times, are not able to start repairs until the wind weakens".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to urge residents in the affected areas to "stay safe, follow the instructions of first responders and check in with people who might need extra help". Bordeleau also mentioned that 300 intersections didn't have working stop lights so drivers should use caution.

"Some of the buildings in Dunrobin, Ont. have completely been obliterated, quite candidly", he said.

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