On Friday a pair of Tornado’s ripped through Ottawa and Dunrobin-Gatineau neighbourhoods causing widespread damage and power outages which lasted throughout the weekend and into Monday. The weaker of the two storms was rated as an EF2 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale that means it had winds in the 178–217 km/h range; which went through southern Ottawa. The Dunrobin tornado was the more powerful at an EF3 with wind speeds up to 265 km/h and it cut a swath more than a kilometre wide that stretched anywhere from 40 to 70 kilometres.
Around 60 buildings were partially or completely destroyed in Dunrobin, Ontario while another 215 buildings were damaged or destroyed in Gatineau, Quebec. At one point nearly 400,000 Ontarians were without power. That number dropped drastically over the weekend but by Monday morning it was not completely restored.
The destruction was rather wide spread and video was captured of the storms in action.
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Already pledges of support have been made with Quebec pledging $1 million to help with relief efforts for victims of the tornadoes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted over the weekend that he had spoken with the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau to offer federal assistance, and the Ottawa Senators had launched a GoFundMe page to raise money, promising to match the first $25,000 given; as of Monday morning that page had reached $40,000. If you would like to contribute directly to the Red-Cross you can find information on how to do so here.
Image by @Wellsie on Twitter.