Tornado Touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau,Que


Narail Kantho Desk: A tornado harmed autos in Gatineau, Que., and houses in a network west of Ottawa on Friday evening as quite a bit of southern Ontario saw extreme rainstorms and high breeze blasts, Condition Canada said.

Dwindle Kimbell, a meteorologist with the national climate organization, said the tornado upset autos on Roadway 50 in Gatineau and made broad harm houses in Dunrobin, Ont.

He said a line of tempests running from west of Ottawa and into Gatineau were required to proceed until Friday night.

Fire engines lined boulevards in Gatineau, where flotsam and jetsam and brought down trees secured streets. Huge boards were additionally upset close to the Sabourin field.

The city issued an announcement Friday reporting the opening of a versatile order post and a crisis estimates focus. Civil specialists likewise did departures in a joint effort with the Red Cross and the grounds of Cegep de l’Outaouais was changed over into a fiasco focus.

Leader Justin Trudeau asked inhabitants of the two urban areas to “remain safe, take after the guidelines of specialists on call and check in with individuals who may require additional assistance.”

“We’re checking the circumstance and considering everybody influenced,” he said on Twitter.

Ottawa inhabitant Glenn Johnson said he and his accomplice were in their kitchen soon after 5:30 p.m. at the point when the tempest smothered their windows.

“We were endeavoring to get down in the storm cellar … also, glass began flying,” said Johnson, who lives in Nepean. “My accomplice got her foot cut and I got hit with flying glass as we were attempting to get the canines and feline and everything down in the cellar.”

He said the roof of his neighbour’s house was torn off and the second storey of another house was gone by the time the intense system passed.

“You can’t even get down the street because there are so many giant trees that had been taken down,” Johnson said. “My backyard just looks like a junk yard right now.”

He said he has gone door to door to check on neighbours. No major injuries have been reported.

“There had been kids in the park right behind our place up until about 15 minutes before this happened and there was a big tree that went down in the park where the kids’ playground is,” Johnson said. “It could have been much, much worse.”

Meanwhile, Ottawa Hydro said there were more than 85,000 power outages in the city because of the storm.

“There is significant damage to the grid and all crews are out assessing damage and will establish a priority restoration,” the utility company said in a tweet.

The Greater Toronto Area saw thunderstorms and wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour, also leaving thousands without power.

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

“We have all available crews out in the field,” Toronto Hydro said. “They’re working in dangerous conditions and, at times, are not able to start repairs until the wind weakens.”

Alectra Utilities, which covers most of the GTA, said more than 6,000 residents were without power.


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