Tornado hits nation's capital and Gatineau, Quebec

Blanche Robertson
September 23, 2018

A tornado sparked chaos near the Canadian capital Ottawa on Friday, injuring dozens as homes were damaged, cars flipped over, and over 130,000 people left without power, local media said.

This fast-moving squall line, it said, was located from eight kilometres northeast of Gatineau to seven kilometres northwest of Althorpe, and moving east at 80 kilometres per hour.

The video captures the moments violent winds throw huge amounts of debris into the air and tears at trees before shattering her window with its extraordinary force.

After visiting the hard-hit Dunrobin area, in the city's west, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson likened it to an aerial bombing, adding that Friday's tornado was among "the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city" in history.

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Hydro Ottawa says more than 170,000 customers were without power early this morning as a result of the twister, which blew through Ottawa, Dunrobin, Ont., and Gatineau, Que., late Friday afternoon.

Ottawa emergency services official Anthony Di Monte told local media around 30 people were injured, five seriously.

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". The Ottawa Hospital tweeted that two people were in critical condition, one was in serious condition and two others were stable.

On Saturday, tens of thousands in the Ottawa area remained without power.

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