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Statement by Premier Doug Ford on the Ottawa Tornado

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Deanna Wagner | 23 September, 2018, 23:28

Peter Kimbell, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the tornado overturned cars on Highway 50 in Gatineau and caused extensive damage to houses in Ottawa's western area of Dunrobin. About 11,000 residents in the area were without power Friday because of the storm.

The twin tornadoes caused massive damage obliterating dozens of homes, tossing vehicles around, snapping huge trees and injuring several people, at least two of whom were admitted to hospital in critical condition.

Damage from a tornado is seen in Dunrobin, Ontario west of Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Authorities said dozens of people suffered 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 worst, I think, is over, but there is the potential for more", Kimbell said.

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The government department revealed the larger Canada tornado was the first time in recorded history that an EF3 tornado had ripped through the country in the month of September.

Much of Dunrobin, a semi-rural community about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of downtown Ottawa, remained cordoned off by police.

Toronto Hydro says in a tweet that it is working to restore about 4,300 power outages in the city.

Power in the area has also been affected with around 167,000 Hydro One customers who were without electricity late Friday evening. Meterologist Simon Legault said there was evidence of powerful winds between 180 and 220 kilometres per hour, which would correspond with an EF2 category tornado.