Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

Tens of thousands without power following tornado in Ottawa region

A tornado sparked chaos near the Canadian capital Ottawa on Friday, injuring dozens as homes were damaged, cars flipped over, and over 130,000 people left without power, local media said.

Gatineau, in Quebec province just north of Ottawa, was also hit hard by the storm whose winds reached 200 kilometers per hour (124 miles per hour).

Images on social media showed homes with damaged rooftops and trees torn apart, as debris was seen swirling through the air in dramatic video footage.

Officials are beginning to tally the damage of a tornado that ripped through the Ottawa area yesterday, sending several people to hospital and levelling buildings.

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Hydro Ottawa says more than 170,000 customers were without power early this morning as a result of the twister, which blew through Ottawa, Dunrobin, Ont., and Gatineau, Que., late Friday 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.

"It looked like it was something from a movie scene or a war scene", Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson told reporters Saturday describing what he saw in the area of Dunrobin, where some 60 buildings were wiped out or partially destroyed. The storm tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines.

Around 30 people were hurt, with six hospitalized and two in critical condition as of Saturday, according to hospital authorities.

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