Tornado destroys houses near Canadian capital Ottawa

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Meantime, Hydro-Quebec said 114,000 customers were affected by outages in that province.

"So, in perspective, we've got some damage but a lot of people got hit a lot worse than we did", Mr. Johnson said Sunday.

Tens of thousands of people are without power as hydro and construction crews continue to tackle the worst of the devastation in Ottawa in the aftermath of two powerful tornadoes that destroyed hundreds of homes. The storm tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the area.

Laurel Wingrove picks up stickers and a firefighter's jacket belonging to her boyfriend that were thrown outside their home when it was damaged by a tornado in Dunrobin, Ont., west of Ottawa, on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018.

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin says 215 buildings were damaged or destroyed, and a total of 1,686 homes were affected. Hydro Ottawa CEO Bryce Conrad compared the magnitude of the damage to the power grid to the debilitating ice storm of 1998.

The tornado was one of two to hit Ottawa as a line of severe storms moved through during the afternoon, leaving at least four people with serious injuries.

Tregunna said she had plenty of help in her Good Samaritan efforts with "tons of volunteers, lots of donation offers, lots of offers to do delivery".

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But areas of Gatineau, across the Ottawa River from the capital, and large parts of eastern Ottawa also saw houses ripped apart. A key power station was knocked out by the tornadoes, and Conrad said it looked it was bombed. Many of these households could be in the dark for days. City officials, including the police chief, urged people to work at home or take the day off.

Trudeau, who was in Montreal to meet with the prime minister of Spain, also said he offered federal help to those in need.

Ford said it was too soon to put a dollar figure on the damage.

"I want to assure the residents of Ottawa that our government is working closely with our municipal partners to activate the province's Disaster Recovery Assistance program where it will be needed", Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark said in a release.

"It's unbelievable how everyone comes together". They gathered their cats and dogs and ran for the basement, but just as they reached the door to the lower floor, the kitchen window imploded, sending glass flying to the front of the house.

"It's tough but at the same time the community has really rallied together".

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