Widespread damage after tornado hits Ontario and Quebec

Christopher Davidson
September 25, 2018

Friday's tornadoes and thunderstorms in eastern Ontario caused power outages to approximately 400,000 customers, Hydro One said Sunday night.

Environment Canada has yet to officially release a statement confirming that a tornado had formed, but one meteorologist with the weather agency has confirmed to media that a tornado did touch down in the Dunrobin area before heading across the Ottawa River. "There will be people who don't have power this week", Conrad said.

Meanwhile, electricity company HydroQuebec reported over 130,000 customers were without power in the Ottawa area Friday evening.

"It's weird to be on the other end of things", said Carlson, who also ran a small business out of the home.

Officials in Gatineau said that 200 people there had received housing assistance through the Red Cross.

"So, in perspective, we've got some damage but a lot of people got hit a lot worse than we did", Mr. Johnson said Sunday.

Fred Chartrand/CP Apartment buildings in the Ottawa region had roofs torn off and windows blown out after a tornado caused extensive damage and forced hundreds of families to evacuate their homes on September 21, 2018.

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"It's heartbreaking to say the least", Ford told reporters Sunday afternoon.

Laurel Wingrove picks up stickers and a firefighter's jacket belonging to her boyfriend that were thrown outside their home when it was damaged by a tornado in Dunrobin, Ont., west of Ottawa, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

Finally, I want to thank my fellow caucus members Merrilee Fullerton, Lisa MacLeod, Steve Clark, Goldie Ghamari and Jeremy Roberts for keeping in touch with me around the clock, and giving me a real sense of what the people of the Ottawa region are facing as the recovery effort gets underway.

Hundreds of people are displacedin Gatineau, Quebec with multiple homes destroyed.

"Just as we went past the stairs, the door blew open [and] a massive four-by-four came flying through the door", said Lowden, a local paramedic.

"It's tough but at the same time the community has really rallied together".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged residents to check on neighbors who might need help.

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