Published: Wed, September 26, 2018
Science | By Cecil Little

Government of Canada, schools closed Monday due to Ottawa tornado damage

Government of Canada, schools closed Monday due to Ottawa tornado damage

The tornadoes ripped through Ottawa on Friday, specifically the neighbourhood of Dunrobin, about 35 kilometres west of Ottawa's downtown, before moving to Gatineau.

The mayor of Ottawa, capital of canada for which the area was hit Friday by a violent tornado that has caused major damage and about thirty wounded, estimated Saturday that some neighborhoods resembled a "war zone".

Hydro crews - including extra workers from across Ontario - were working around the clock to untangle and fix fallen power lines and restore electricity to the region.

To put it into perspective, Conrad said the electrical load that comes into Ottawa on any given day this time of year is about 1,000 megawatts.

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"This is one of the two or three of the most traumatic events (the history) of our city", he added.

On Sunday, Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited Ottawa and toured the areas most affected by the tornadoes.

They said they'd arrived home just a few minutes before the tornado cut its swath through the neighbourhood.

"We're here to assure everyone in the region that's been affected that we'll spare no expense, we'll do whatever it takes to make sure we get people back on their feet", Mr. Ford said as he travelled through the community of Dunrobin, in the west end of the city, with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson.

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All utilities say hundreds of their crews are working around the clock in order to restore power to all of their customers as soon as possible.

Downed power lines and debris from buildings littered the streets of Gatineau, Quebec, after a tornado tore through the area on September 21.

"The worst, I think, is over, but there is the potential for more", Kimbell said of the Ottawa region.

Shawna Tregunna tweeted a photo of pancakes saying she was cooking up hot meals all day. Under the program, individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of the storm may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses.

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She also offered to deliver the vast buffet she prepared, and was kept busy doing so from Friday afternoon until late Saturday night.

"A lot of us have never seen anything like it", he said of the destruction.

"It's incredible how everyone comes together". Hydro workers have arrived from other parts of the province to help fix the electrical grid.

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