Tornadoes hit Ottawa area with top wind speed of 265 km/h

Tornado destroys houses near Canadian capital Ottawa

About 11,000 residents in the area were without power Friday because of the storm.

Damage from the storm is major - roofs have been torn off homes and cars were overturned on Highway 50 - and the cleanup was just beginning on Saturday morning.

Environment Canada said that at nearly the same time a second, slightly less powerful, twister touched down in the south Ottawa neighbourhood of Arlington Woods. "And everyone's making sure we're OK", said Carlson, who is also a volunteer firefighter.

City of Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson said 2,000 Hydro One customers are also being affected, but significant damage to a transformer station on Merivale Road is also affecting some Hydro Ottawa customers, and the customers affected by that station's issues could be in the dark for a few days.

"On behalf of the government of Ontario, I want to tell the people of Ottawa that my thoughts are with them as they work to recover from the tornado and storm that impacted the Ottawa area yesterday; especially to the people of Dunrobin who saw enormous damage to their homes and community".

She urged anyone who came across personal items to take them to West Carleton High School, one of a pair of emergency shelters set up after the storm. On Saturday, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said, "we are concentrating on people, getting people back home as soon as possible, as safely as possible".

"A lot of us have never seen anything like it", he said of the destruction.

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"The worst, I think, is over, but there is the potential for more", Kimbell said.

On Saturday, the Ottawa Senators Foundation launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the victims of the tornado and has pledged to match the first $25,000 given through the page.

"It's heartbreaking to say the least", Ford told reporters Sunday afternoon.

Toronto Hydro says in a tweet that it is working to restore about 4,300 power outages in the city.

On Saturday night, the province announced it would activate a program offering emergency help beyond what private insurance covers to people affected by the tornadoes in Ottawa. "We're a community, we're team Ontario, and we work together".

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is prepared to assist those whose lives have been turned on end.

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