“Devastating” tornado hits Ottawa and Gatineau

Houses destroyed, roofs ripped off, hundreds of thousands of homes without electricity: a tornado caused significant damage in Ottawa and Gatineau late Friday.

Environment Canada confirmed that the tornado hit the Dunrobin area in western Ottawa before crossing into Gatineau. Many houses have been severely damaged.

The most recent report from the Ottawa Paramedic Service reported six patients being transported to the hospital, four of whom were seriously injured. In total, about 25 people were injured in the capital.

The Ottawa hospital said on Twitter late Friday night that he was treating “six people who were suffering from storm-related injuries”. Of these, two were in critical condition and one was seriously injured, while the others were in stable condition.

According to a preliminary assessment of the Outaouais Paramedic Cooperative, five patients were taken to the hospital. We did not know, late Friday evening, the state of health of the wounded.

At 1:15 am Saturday, 92,108 Hydro Ottawa customers, 59,373 Hydro-Québec customers in Outaouais and 37,517 Hydro One customers in Eastern Ontario were without electricity.

Wind speeds of 200 km/h

We can say with certainty that a tornado crossed the Dunrobin area before crossing to Gatineau and that it caused a lot of damage , said the meteorologist Peter Kimbell.

He explained that Environment Canada was able to quickly confirm the tornado thesis, as departmental employees witnessed it. According to preliminary information, it could be an EF2 tornado force on the improved Fujita scale, which represents winds of 179 to 218 km / h.

Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson announced on Twitter that he will be traveling with West Carleton-March Ward Councilor Eli El-Chantiry in the Dunrobin area to see the damage.

“In 30 years, I have never seen anything like it,” said El-Chantiry, adding that the tornado had been “devastating”.

Damage has also been reported in southern Ottawa, particularly in the Hunt Club-Riverside area. The damage, however, would be related to strong winds rather than a tornado.

After experiencing power and cooling problems, the Ottawa International Airport announced that its operations had resumed around 9 pm.

A school on fire and roofs destroyed in Gatineau

In Gatineau, roofs were torn down and trees fell, particularly in the Cité-des-Jeunes Boulevard area.

Firefighters were called to Mont-Bleu High School to fight a fire. As soon as we noticed that there was smoke in the school, we decided to evacuate the housekeeping staff as well as the students who were doing sports activities , said the director of the school. the institution, Pierre Ménard, interviewed by Radio-Canada.

Centers for the victims

The City of Ottawa has announced that the people of Dunrobin can go to West Carleton High School at 3088 Dunrobin Road for help. The victims of the south of Ottawa can go to the Canterbury Recreation Complex, located at 2185 Arch Street. The Municipality also activated its emergency operations center at approximately 6:00 pm

For its part, the City of Gatineau has indicated that a disaster assistance center is open on the Gabrielle-Roy campus of Cégep de l’Outaouais.

According to the Red Cross, 600 to 800 people were evacuated to Gatineau. The City has asked citizens whose homes have been damaged not to return to their homes.

The authorities are asking people not to use cell phones, since communications are difficult.

Facebook has also activated its “emergency measure” tool , which allows users to indicate that they are safe, as well as to ask for or offer help.

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