Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits

Hundreds of thousands without power in Ottawa after tornado hits


OTTAWA (Reuters) – A whole lot of hundreds of individuals have been stranded with out energy in and across the Canadian capital Ottawa on Saturday after a twister touched down twice, destroying some homes and ripping the roofs off others.

A person removes branches from a broken tree after a twister hit the Mont-Bleu neighbourhood in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, September 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

On the similar time excessive winds additionally battered the area and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson stated it could possibly be days earlier than electrical energy was absolutely restored. A minimum of six folks have been injured.

“It’s within the prime two or three traumatic occasions which have affected our metropolis,” Watson advised reporters. “It seems like one thing from a film scene or a struggle scene.”

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The twister hit on Friday night, demolishing houses within the city of Dunrobin to the north west of the town earlier than crossing over to the city of Gatineau, which lies on to the north of Ottawa within the province of Quebec.

Excessive winds broken a part of Ottawa’s main electrical substations and officers stated round 200,000 folks on either side of the river have been with out energy. Ottawa and Gatineau collectively have a inhabitants of round 1.three million folks.

“We’ve got misplaced completely all the pieces. I’ve bought a beer fridge that’s sitting in my storage – that’s the solely factor that’s untouched – however all the pieces else has gone,” Ottawa resident Todd Nicholson advised the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. He was not dwelling when the twister struck.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard broke off campaigning forward of an Oct 1 provincial election to journey to Gatineau.

Reporting by David Ljunggren; Modifying by Franklin Paul

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