Ontario Premier Doug Ford visits Ottawa in the wake of devastating tornadoes

25 September, 2018, 00:28 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • Ontario Premier Doug Ford visits Ottawa in the wake of devastating tornadoes

The Ottawa Hospital tweeted that two people were in critical condition, one was in serious condition and two others were stable. And Ontario Premier Doug Ford visited the wreckage on Sunday afternoon, saying he was impressed with the co-ordinated response to the disaster.

The tornado - one of two that touched down in the Ottawa-Gatineau region - graded out at the EF-3 level, meaning it had wind speeds reaching as high as 265 km/h.

Throughout the Canadian capital region, shaken residents began returning to some of the hardest hit areas, taking stock of what was lost and trying to figure out what remained.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board both said they are closing all schools on Monday.Employees with the federal government have been told to stay home.

"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.

Finally, I want to thank my fellow caucus members Merrilee Fullerton, Lisa MacLeod, Steve Clark, Goldie Ghamari and Jeremy Roberts for keeping in touch with me around the clock, and giving me a real sense of what the people of the Ottawa region are facing as the recovery effort gets underway. Then they emerged to a changed world.

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A bedroom window was gone, as was part of their roof, their siding was buckled and the top of a spruce tree from 50 metres up the road lay at the end of their driveway.

"So, in perspective, we've got some damage but a lot of people got hit a lot worse than we did", Mr. Johnson said Sunday.

Neighbours with electricity have stepped in to help feed and shelter those without.

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. And private companies have donated dumpsters for the disposal of food that is rotting in unpowered refrigerators. He has compared the damage to the city's power grid as being on the magnitude of the debilitating ice storm of 1998.

Kimbell explained that tornado warnings are still in effect for the Ontario communities of Prescott and Russell while a line of thunderstorms was expected in Gatineau and Ottawa.

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