Power could be out for days in some areas, hours for others

Rodiano Bonacci
Settembre 25, 2018

"It looked like something you'd see in a movie, or you'd see in tornado valley in Oklahoma", said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who had seen drone footage of the twister.

At one point, more than 200,000 Hydro-Québec and Hydro Ottawa customers were without power.

The City of Ottawa opened up recreation centres to allow people in the devastated areas to take showers or power their cellphones. "This is a community that has come together to create some sort of normalcy".

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

Anthony Di Monte, chief of Ottawa Emergency and Protective Services, told CTV News that there are now 30 known injuries across the city with five people in the Dunrobin area of Ottawa suffering critical injuries. The Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board announced citywide closures for Monday, citing power outages and extensive damage across the city. "And everyone's making sure we're OK", said Carlson, who is also a volunteer firefighter.

He said that roofs were torn off buildings, including a school and apartment buildings, and estimated around 15,000 people had been displaced.

"Throughout the weekend, our crews have worked tirelessly to get the lights back and we believe the majority of customers will have their power back by tonight", Hydro One CEO Greg Kiraly said in a release.

The tornado also struck the house that Brian and Nicole Lowden had been renting as they built their permanent home in nearby Constance Bay.

With 400 traffic lights still dark, they were trying to avoid rush hour chaos.

The Ontario government announced Saturday that it was activating the province's Disaster Recovery Assistance program in affected areas, while the Quebec government announced it would give the Red Cross $1 million to help with relief efforts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is prepared to assist those whose lives have been turned on end.

Ford said it was too soon to put a dollar figure on the damage.

"It's fantastic how everyone comes together". They gathered their cats and dogs and ran for the basement, but just as they reached the door to the lower floor, the kitchen window imploded, sending glass flying to the front of the house.

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