Widespread damage after tornado hits Ontario and Quebec

James Marshall
September 25, 2018

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.

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.

"We want you to know that the entire province stands with you and is praying for you tonight".

Schools also announced they would be closed on Monday.

Paul Loveys was one of the many people displaced by the twisters, and spoke Sunday from the shelter at West Carleton High School about the damage to his home - but also his comparative good fortune.

A dormer that was torn from a home's roof by a tornado is seen in Dunrobin, Ontario, Canada west of Ottawa, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

Throughout the Canadian capital region, shaken residents began returning to some of the hardest hit areas, taking stock of what was lost and trying to figure out what remained.

Some people whose homes sustained major damage have been told it will be more than a week before they can go back in to retrieve clothes and other essential items.

"We're going to do whatever it takes to help them get back on their feet", Ford told his annual Ford Fest barbecue in Vaughan, Ont., on Saturday.

"It's tough but at the same time the community has really rallied together". (CBC) ompletely destroyed by two tornadoes, according to Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

"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.

"Our wall's out, there's a hole in the ceiling, a few windows are out".

Coun. Eli El-Chantiry, whose ward includes Dunrobin, said social services and public health workers were making themselves available to support people seeing their ravaged homes for the first time.

No fatalities have been reported, which a number of officials have marvelled at given the vast amount of property damage the twisters caused. "If they need anything at all, by all means we will be there for them".

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