On Friday night, Ottawa and Gatineau were hit by two extremely strong tornados. Crews are still out in the area trying to evaluate the damage that's been done across the region. Powerlines have been torn out of the ground, cars have been destroyed, and homes have been ripped apart.
Just a few days ago, we reported that southwestern Ontario was told to stay alert for Tornado warnings. The Weather Network expected the area to be hit by strong winds and potentially a tornado this weekend due to the humidity in the area.
Canadians were expected strong winds up to 90 km/h, hail and potentially a tornado. On Friday, Environment Canada issued several weather alerts throughout eastern and central Canada.
On Friday night, areas of Ottawa and Gatineau were struck after two tornados hit the area. The storms were reportedly an EF-3 level tornados according to Rachel Schoutsen of The Weather Network. Tens of thousands of Canadas were without power over the weekend, some anticipate that they'll be without power until Monday, if not longer.
While some areas were restored with power, according to CBC News, by Saturday afternoon, there were still almost 100,000 people in Ottawa without power. In Quebec, there was still over 14,000 without power on Saturday evening.
The tornado that hit Ottawa was reportedly packing winds up to 291km/hr. This is one of the, if not the most devastating natural history to hit the city in decades.
We sincerely wish we could provide restoration times for all of you. As soon as we know, we will post. Ottawa's electricity grid has not sustained such extensive damage since the Ice Storm of 1998. Our crews will continue to work around the clock. Scene at Greenbank today: pic.twitter.com/84q58zTnwz— Hydro Ottawa (@hydroottawa) September 22, 2018
Tornado did a number in Ottawa— David @ Annual Cowboy Bebop Rewatch (@DavidGN40) September 22, 2018
Wish me luck tonight pic.twitter.com/pFnhXqMVWv
The Merivale Transformer Station supplies power to a large portion of Nepean and Barrhaven and other parts of Ottawa. The damage is catastrophic and will take days to rebuild. Please know that we are looking at innovative ways to reroute power to customers. #OttawaOutage #Ottnews pic.twitter.com/ydiqEHsa5i— Hydro Ottawa (@hydroottawa) September 22, 2018
In the wake of a powerful tornado that wreaked havoc in the Canadian capital of Ottawa and surrounding areas, Good Samaritans open their homes, offering time and resources to neighbors. https://t.co/j1Q1LFsKRq pic.twitter.com/QiQ3daRVhZ— ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2018