Residents and emergency crews continue their cleanup Monday, after Environment Canada confirmed a tornado touched down in the suburb of Orleans shortly after 6 p.m. The twister uprooted trees, tore roofs apart, damaged cars and briefly closed streets.
“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.”
Video: A tornado hit Orléans in the eastern area of Ottawa
Its the first time in my whole life seeing one of those, Benoit Lacroix said of the funnel cloud he was watching from a ferry. Then he saw video a neighbour posted of shingles and boards flying off the roof at his condo complex.
“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.”
Environment Canada issued tornado warnings for eastern Ontario and western Quebec just after 6 p.m. Sunday.
The warning, which was lifted about two hours after it was issued, came amid a small but powerful storm that brought damaging winds, hail and intense rainfall. Environment Canada said late Sunday that preliminary information indicates the tornado was a Category EF-1, meaning winds of at least 135 km/h and may have been on the ground for more than 30 minutes.
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Debris closed several streets, including a major highway, but the city said they had all reopened by about 9 p.m.
The force of nature is, like, amazing. Its, like, heartbreaking, said Luc Poupart of Orleans, Ont. who recorded the tornados destruction until he had to seek refuge, yelling Get in, get in, on the video.
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At some point in time, when I saw the debris out in the sky, and the styrofoam and the two-by-fours, I said, OK, lets go inside, he told CTV News Ottawa.
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The wind was just like swirling and swirling, said Suzanne Dawson, who was surrounded by fallen trees as she recounted her experience.
It was crazy and then it started to pick up and I actually didnt realize it had ripped a tree down and I saw it pulled the fence down right beside where I was sitting.
Video captured from a golf course east of Ottawa shows funnel clouds picking up water and trees over the Ottawa River.
A group helps clear debris from fallen trees blocking a road in Orleans near Ottawa (Justin Tang- CP)
Joshua Bastian was driving his pickup truck when debris, including a mattress and garbage can, started hitting or flying past the vehicle.
One man says shingles from a neighbours roof crashed through his kitchen window and narrowly missed his wife as she was heading to the basement. She was not hurt.
Dalmy Sanchez and her son took cover as the tornado approached. Part of their homes roof was torn off.
I just told him to run to the basement , you know, but we didnt realize this is whats going on, said Sanchez. We had the warning right after though. But it was too late.
This is the latest in a series of severe weather events to hit the area. Ottawa and Gatineau were hit by serious tornadoes in September and several communities east of Ottawa have also been in a state of emergency due to spring flooding.
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Firefighters and city crews have been cutting up fallen trees and checking homes to make sure they were safe for residents to return. Neighbours are pitching in to help those affected.
Were all just trying to have each others backs and make sure everyone is looked after and safe, said one man.
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Thats what you should do, said another. If you live around, its your community, help them out.
Environment Canada confirmed a tornado touched down in Orleans, Ont., a suburb of Ottawa, on Sunday, June 2.
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.
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.
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.
Luloff told CBC Ottawa that hed seen extensive damage to trees and property, particularly in parts of the ward that sit along the Ottawa River.
"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."
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.
Environment Canada has indicated that this is just a summary of notable events and they will likely do a full report once a damage surveyor has assessed the noted areas when they go out to investigate today.
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.
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Greg Laidlaw said he was downstairs in his Balsam Drive home when he suddenly heard the wind pick up.
"We just took cover," he said. "It was kind of scary but it wasn't that bad. I'm sure people got hit worse."
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 Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard had both been closed during the worst of the storm, but they have since reopened.
The City of Ottawa said there were also reports of power outages and that first responders were performing door-to-door checks in the area.
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