Tornado warning issued for Ottawa region: Environment Canada – CTV News

Tornado warning issued for Ottawa region: Environment Canada - CTV News
Tornado warning issued for Gatineau area, Prescott-Russell
Tornado warnings are being issued for western Quebec including Gatineau, as well Ontario towns Prescott and Russell, according to Environment Canada.

Ottawa police said there are "there are no known injuries at this time" and that "there are many trees down and property damage to some houses in the area."

“There are no reported injuries at this time,” the statement said, adding the following roads are closed because of debris: Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard between Tenth Line Road and Trim Road, Highway 174 between Cameron Street and Trim Road. “There are also several residential streets impassable due to debris and fallen trees.”

One press release states meteorologists had been tracking a severe thunderstorm in the area and that damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible.

“As a city, as a community, we always want to be there for anyone who needs help moving forward from events like this,” Innes Coun. Laura Dudas said, adding this is just the latest in a string of weather-related crises for the city. “We need to be thinking about how we can be proactive in handling this.”

Tornados hit eastern Ontario and western Quebec

An eyewitness near Gatineau airport reported seeing a tornado at around 6 p.m. and the release stated that a weather observer had seen the tornado moving eastward.

A tornado was spotted near the Gatineau airport late Sunday afternoon and a tornado warning was issued for Gatineau and the area around the Lièvre River and Papineauville-Chénéville. The warning was later expanded to Prescott and Russell after a tornado was reported near Rockland.

At around, 6:35 p.m., a tornado was spotted near Saint-Pascal-Baylon, Ont. moving east at 40 km/h, with another viewer seeing a tornado off the Ottawa River. A second Environment Canada press release states that Ontario towns, Rockland, Clarence and Wendover are also being affected.

At 7:26 p.m., Environment Canada said a confirmed tornado was located near Alfred, moving east at 30 km/h. Locations impacted include Alfred, L’Orignal, Coins Gratton, Blue Corners, Ritchance, Evanturel, L’Ange-Gardien, Village Lanthier, Cassburn and Henrys Corner,” it said.

Environment Canada is warning people in the area to go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet. Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter.

Cumberland Coun. Stephen Blais was returning to Ottawa by train when the tornado hit. Asked what this latest weather incident might mean in terms of emergency preparedness for the municipality, Blais noted that the city was already in a state of emergency because of severe spring flooding.

They also warn people to move to a strong building if you can. As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.

In a tweet, the City of Ottawa said they are "aware there has been a weather incident in the east end. We are currently investigating on-site."

Marc Messier, an inspector with Ottawa Fire, said his son watched what looked like a funnel cloud rip down his street in Orléans. He was driving toward Orléans when he saw what appeared to be a tornado and filmed it, later posting it on social media.

The tornado sightings take place several months after a series of tornadoes ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau region last fall.

On Singleton Way one home had a hole punched through the roof and trees down across the front of the house. Next door, windows were broken and debris was scattered around. The street was lined with fallen trees. A trampoline was mangled around a fence.

More viewer video of what may have been a tornado touching down in East Ottawa pic.twitter.com/aXyQz0T4ci

Numerous fire trucks were on the scene in an area around Place d’Orleans inspecting the damage from the sudden storm. A Ottawa First spokesman said there were no reports of anyone being trapped, but some of the damages to houses was significant.

At 6:07pm EDT a confirmed tornado was east of Gatineau moving east. Tornado Warning place. TAKE COVER NOW! #ONstorm

The City is aware there has been a weather incident in the east end. We are currently investigating on-site

Several residents of the Chatelaine Village neighbourhood north of Place d’Orleans said they only received an emergency alert on their phone after the storm was over — and that the warning was about a possible tornado in Gatineau.

Tornado warnings are being issued for western Quebec including Gatineau, as well Ontario towns Prescott and Russell, according to Environment Canada. (Mike Lagace) ‏

Ken McGrath, director of operations for the Gatineau-Ottawa Executive Airport, said there was no reported damage to the airport. “We just had a little bit of hail. Everything went south of us, toward the (Ottawa) river.”

Residents in Ottawa's east end neighbourhood of Orléans are assessing the damage from a major storm Sunday evening that saw a tornado rip through the region.

The alert originally included the Gatineau region and Lièvre River and Papineauville/Chénéville areas but those warnings have since been lifted. The Lachute and St-Jérôme areas were also put under a warning, but those were downgraded to tornado watches.

A single tornado was spotted near the Gatineau airport, just on the other side of the Ottawa River, at 5:55 p.m., Environment Canada said.

Roofs were damaged, trees were leaning on houses and wires were down after a tornado ripped through parts of the Ottawa communities of Orléans and Cumberland on Sunday evening. Several areas of western Quebec and eastern Ontario were issued tornado warnings.

The weather agency later said around 8 p.m. that a possible tornado had also been spotted near L'Orignal, Ont., moving east at about 30 kilometres per hour.

"But regarding its intensity, its precise track, all these different details, we'll have to be on the ground. And these [questions] will be answered tomorrow morning."

Ottawa Paramedic Service spokesman Marc-Antoine Deschamps said the service had not received any calls to respond to significant injuries as of 7:40 p.m. “It looks like we got extremely lucky,” with regard to injuries, Deschamps said.

The weather agency had placed the city of Gatineau, as well the Papineau, Que., area to the northwest and the municipality of Prescott-Russell, Ont., to the east under a tornado warning as the tornado was moving along the Ottawa River.

All three warnings have now been lifted, although severe thunderstorm warnings remain in place in certain parts of the region.

In Ottawa's Orléans neighbourhood, trees were uprooted and several homes were damaged by the storm, fire officials said.

Environment Canada issued a tornado warning at 6 p.m. Sunday for Ottawa, Gatineau, Papineauville and the Lièvre River region in western Quebec.

Greg Laidlaw said he was downstairs in his Balsam Drive home when he suddenly heard the wind pick up.

An Ottawa First spokesman said there were no reports of anyone being trapped, but some of the damages to houses was significant.

"We just took cover," he said. "It was kind of scary but it wasn't that bad. I'm sure people got hit worse."

Environment Canada issued a tornado warning after a funnel was spotted at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Gatineau airport.

They said when they assessed the damage afterward, they found they had no structural damage to their home.

"The trees started to bend and the wind howled," David Robb said. "I didn't know if it was a down draft … or a tornado, but it sure wreaked its vengeance on us in a short period of time."

Ottawa paramedics said they handled a single "minor" call about a branch that fell on a resident's head while they were cleaning up debris.

While the tornado's precise track is still being investigated, many Orléans residents reported seeing it touch down, said ​​​​​​Orléans Coun. Matthew Luloff.

Luloff told CBC Ottawa that he'd seen extensive damage to trees and property, particularly in parts of the ward that sit along the Ottawa River. 

However, the damage didn't appear as severe as what happened during the Sept. 2018 tornado strikes, Luloff said.

Highway 174 and J'eanne D'Arc Boulevard had both been closed during the worst of the storm, but they have since reopened.

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