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Tornadoes strike east end of Ottawa area
Ottawa has been hit with another tornado, just eight months after a series of powerful twisters wreaked havoc across the region.

Sunday's confirmed tornado was first spotted in the east Ottawa suburb of Orléans at 5:54 p.m. It then moved east toward Cumberland.

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.

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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.

Resident of an Orléans neighbourhood described seeing a funnel cloud and hearing what sounded like a train Sunday before a tornado ripped trees out of the ground and damaged homes and cars.

Tornadoes hit Gatineau, Ottawa areas, though no injuries reported

Several residents of the Chatelaine Village neighbourhood north of Place d’Orléans 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.

Knowing my family is in the area strikes a few nerves, he admitted. Everyone seemed to be distraught with the amount of damage but there was a sigh of relief that it couldve been a lot worse.

Tornadoes strike east end of Ottawa area, Gatineau

Environment Canada said late Sunday that preliminary information indicates the tornado was a Category EF-1 and may have been on the ground for more than 30 minutes.

We still have Septembers incident in our minds, Messier said. This isnt something we see often in the Ottawa area and unfortunately it seems to be something becoming more frequent.

Firefighters, police and city workers were on-hand soon after the storm Sunday helping clear debris tossed around the neighbourhood and to check on residents.

The wind had torn off roofs and uprooted trees in Ottawas east end with strewn debris forcing the closure of several streets, including a major highway. But by 9 p.m., they were all reopened.

Ottawa Paramedic Service spokesman Marc-Antoine Deschamps said the service had not received any calls to respond to significant injuries.

The tornado was in Ottawa’s east end, north of Highway 174 and east of Jeanne D’Arc Boulevard, according to a city bulletin. Residents are asked to avoid damaged areas.

Environment Canada issued tornado warnings in eastern Ontario and western Quebec after someone spotted a twister near the Gatineau Airport just before 6 p.m. Officials later confirmed that a twister touched down in the suburb of Orleans, in Ottawas east end.

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.

The Distress Centre of Ottawa and Region, which offers 24/7 crisis and distress phone lines, noted that twisters like the one that touched down on Sunday can affect those who experienced the twisters in 2018.

Dana Miller surveys damage in her backyard as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia

"There was a lot of toppled trees, a lot of cars damaged, homes damaged by this thing," said Marc Messier, a firefighter who lives in the neighbourhood affected by the tornado.

David Redmond, whose Singleton Way house sustained structural damage to the roof, said he was in Vanier when his son called around 6 p.m. to say there had been a tornado and the house was damaged.

Messier was out for a drive with his grandson when the tornado struck, he said, and that they had to pull over to the side of the road for a time while waiting for the twister to pass.

Redmond said he got on the highway to head home and could see “this giant tornado in the sky hovering over this area, and it lasted the whole drive here.”

"You never would have known anything happened at my house, but even a block away there was some damage," he said. "We were fortunate here."

Dana Miller said she was about to go for a walk when the sky got dark and “things started moving around in my room.” She looked outside and saw a funnel cloud and “it was heading this way.”

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.

Rita Heather on nearby Burnt Ember Way said she heard a noise that her husband thought was a low-flying plane.

People look at a tree that was broken at its trunk by a tornado in the Ottawa suburb of Orleans, Sunday, June 2, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

“All of a sudden we saw the debris flying and he hollered let’s get in the basement. It got really loud and then it started to get softer.”

At a nearby house, three cars were damaged, trees were snapped and broken and debris was scattered around the yard.

“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.”

The force of the wind blew debris inside the house underneath the front door, said Mary-Jean Achtell.

A home owner surveys the damage at his home on Singleton Way as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia

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

Tornado confirmed by Environment Canada

A steady stream of people wandered through the streets and parks to survey the damage, some cleaning up debris as they went.

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.

Tornadoes spotted in Ottawa area prompts warning

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.

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.

Ottawa tornado was unexpected, but not abnormal: Environment Canada

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.

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.

A photo of the storm that hit Orléans and other parts of the east end of the Ottawa region on Sunday evening. Matt MacDonell / Twitter

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Ottawa Police Service tweeted about downed trees and property damage to some houses in the area.

Several homes sustained damage to their roofs, as the winds ripped the shingles and underlay off, exposing bare the plywood underneath. Trees snapped in the winds, crashing down on top of vehicles and homes 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.”

Firefighters at work clearing damaged branches on Singleton Way as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

“One gentleman sustained minor injuries during the cleanup, and he’s going to be just fine,” Luloff told Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe on 1310 NEWS, a sister station of NEWS 1130.

Fire fighters at work clearing damaged branches on Singleton Way as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

Fire fighters at work clearing damaged branches on Singleton Way as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

ORLEANS, Ontario – Chainsaws and wood chippers are revving in the Ottawa suburb of Orléans, after a tornado twisted a path of destruction through neighbourhoods on Sunday.

Dana Miller surveys damage in her backyard as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

Luloff is among those in Orléans who are relieved that the human toll wasn’t higher; no one was killed and only one person was injured.

A tree on Burnt Ember Crescent in Orléans following a tornado that hit the area on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Elizabeth Payne/Postmedia.   /jpg

Several homes sustained damage to their roofs, as the winds ripped the shingles and underlay off, exposing bare the plywood underneath. Trees snapped in the winds, crashing down on top of vehicles and homes in the area.

Ottawa Fire Services crew members start working on removing fallen tree branches at a home on Singleton Way in Orléans after a tornado hit the area on Sunday evening   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

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.

David Redmond surveys the damage of his home while his son and friends install tarps over a hole in the roof of a home on Singleton Way as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

"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.

David Redmond suffered a hole in the roof of his home on Singleton Way as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

Chainsaws and wood chippers are revving in Orléans, after a tornado twisted a path of destruction through neighbourhoods near Jeanne D'Arc Boulevard and Tenth Line Road.

One of the homes on Singleton Way that suffered damage as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

"One gentleman sustained minor injuries during the cleanup, and he's going to be just fine," Luloff told Ottawa Today with Mark Sutcliffe on 1310 NEWS.

Dana Miller surveys damage in her backyard as a reported tornado touched down in the Orléans suburb of Ottawa on Sunday evening. Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia   Wayne Cuddington /Postmedia

Luloff is among those in Orléans who are relieved that the human toll wasn't higher; no one was killed and only one person was injured.

Environment Canada issued tornado warnings for Gatineau and Prescott Russell just after 6 p.m., but not for Ottawa.

A group helps clear debris from fallen trees blocking a road in Orleans near Ottawa (Justin Tang- CP)

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.

The CBC also indicated that the weather systems moving through the area provided the perfect recipe for this kind of weather event. It was cool early in the day but then warmed up radically later in the day, jumping from 12°C or 13°C to 21°C right before the tornado began.

On Sunday night, Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin said the tornado that touched down there did no significant damage.

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. 

Ottawa Fire Services crew members start working on removing fallen tree branches at a home on Singleton Way in Orléans after a tornado hit the area on Sunday evening Wayne Cuddington / Postmedia

Gatineau, Quebec and the Ottawa area in Ontario faced a frightening event this weekend, with Environment Quebec confirming that a tornado reached “low-end EF-1” status this past Sunday evening. 

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.”

The first alert was issued for the Gatineau area by Environment Canada at 6:01 p.m. It was lifted for Gatineau at around 7 p.m., but maintained for Papineauveille-Chénéville and Lachute.

Areas notably affected include Orleans, where a funnel cloud was seen. Damage included trees that were blown down and shingles that were torn from the tops of peoples homes.

“Persons in or near this area should be on the lookout for adverse weather conditions and take necessary safety precautions. Watch for updated statements,” the advisory said.

Several roads in the Orleans area were closed due to the extensive damage. There were also reports of a funnel in the Rockland area later on in the evening, closer to 7 PM.

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.

Residents witnessed the tornado tear through Orleans ripping shingles off rooftops and toppling trees along nearby 10th line road @ctvottawa pic.twitter.com/71r6iGs5rn

A second possible tornado was near Wendover, moving east at 30 km/h, it added, with affected locations including Wendover, Glenburn, Rockdale, The Rollway, Jessups Falls, Centrefield, Treadwell, Plantagenet, Senecal, Curran and Plantagenet Station.

Just past 8 p.m., Environment Canada said a possible tornado was located near LOrignal, moving east at 30 km/h. The storm was expected to be east of the region by 8:30 p.m., it added.

“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.”

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.

After a briefing from emergency services, Orléans Coun. Matthew Luloff said only one minor injury had been reported.

“And that person is going to be taken care of and is just fine. We were very lucky,” Luloff said.

Luloff also cited the already declared state of emergency because of flooding and said the response by both city staff and residents had improved.

“Over the last year, I think more people now take  these incidents a heck of a lot more seriously.”

“I don’t believe you ever get to a point with emergency preparedness where you have everything worked out, and you can always improve.”

Residents in parts of Ottawa and Gatineau hit by tornadoes last September are still cleaning up and trying to rebuild.

Ottawa Health tweeted a link to resources where residents can get help if they are feeling stressed, including the Ottawa Distress Centre at 238-3311.

Ottawa Tornado 🌪. @jenmilligan23 took this from Riverside Dr looking east over Via Rail. #onstorm @BlacksWeather pic.twitter.com/LcTaXG5ZYz

The not-yet-confirmed tornado over Ottawa just now #ottweather @BlacksWeather pic.twitter.com/O8GJayRrya

A tree on Burnt Ember Crescent in Orléans following a tornado that hit the area on Sunday. Elizabeth Payne / Postmedia