A Surprise Tornado Tore Through Ottawa Yesterday & The Damage Was Extensive (VIDEOS) – Narcity

A Surprise Tornado Tore Through Ottawa Yesterday & The Damage Was Extensive (VIDEOS) - Narcity
We just took cover: Orléans reeling after tornado tears through region
An EF-1 tornado hit Ottawa unexpectedly last night, catching both residents and weather experts by surprise. The storm, which touched down at around 5:55 PM about 10 kilometres southeast of the Gatineau airport, came suddenly and without warning for many residents. Environment Canada issued a warning about the Ottawa tornado after the storm had already begun.

In a report by the Ottawa Citizen, Robert Kuhn, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, attempted to explain the reasoning for the delayed warning. Kuhn claimed that there was nothing in Sundays weather data that indicated a tornado was about to hit.  It wasnt a classic environment, he said. Kuhn went on to explain that the weather on Sunday was neither too hot or too cold and that the wind was nothing to write home about. 

“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.”

By the time the warnings did go out, the tornado had already made its way across the Ottawa River. The twister was seen travelling along Highway 175 in east Ottawa, catching residents completely off-guard. Many residents called out officials for failing to warn them about the tornado:

“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.”

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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.

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.

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 were also being affected.

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.

Ottawa Fire Services fire prevention and investigations officer Marc Messier lives in the area and told CTV News Channel, the tornado lasted for a long time and we were just hoping that everybody in the east was OK.

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.

The tornado sightings take place several months after a series of tornadoes ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau region last fall. Those tornados flattened nieghbourhoods and caused severe damage to the regions power grid.

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"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."

“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.”

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.

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

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."

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.

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

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.

"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.

Residents were out Sunday evening with chainsaws, and city crews are out chipping up the fallen trees on roads and in city parks, Monday. However, all of the scars from this tornado will likely take some time to fade.

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

"There's probably 20 to 25 streets that sustained quite a bit of tree damage, some roof damage as well," said Matthew Luloff, city councillor for Orléans Ward.

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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. 

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.

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

“The trees started to bend and the wind howled,” David Robb said. “I didnt know if it was a down draft … or a tornado, but it sure wreaked its vengeance on us in a short period of time.”

Tornado warnings in effect for eastern Ontario and western Quebec and

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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