Published: Sun, September 23, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Tornado rips through eastern Ontario (VIDEO & GALLERY)

Tornado rips through eastern Ontario (VIDEO & GALLERY)

Authorities said dozens of people suffered injuries.

Meanwhile, across the river in Gatineau, Hydro Quebec said 165,000 customers were without power after Friday's storm, but that number has been widdled down to 114,000 as of 7 a.m. Saturday.

"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", said Ford, who also thanked first responders and hydro crews.

Officials are warning people in the Ottawa area to brace for days without power in the wake of a tornado that ripped through the region yesterday afternoon.

A vehicle, windows shattered, lay on its side in front of a house.

A powerful tornado that carved a path through parts of Canada's capital snapped trees, tossed cars and obliterated dozens of homes leaving what the city's mayor on Saturday said resembled "a war scene".

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North Carolina's Emergency Management department has opened four mass feeding kitchens and has plans to open four more shortly. There have been 26 confirmed fatalities in North Carolina due to the storm. "But please know we will not give up on you".

"We're going to do whatever it takes to help them get back on their feet, Ford told a crowd gathered Saturday night for his annual Ford Fest barbecue in Vaughan, Ont".

All utilities say hundreds of their crews are working around the clock in order to restore power to all of their customers as soon as possible. Ottawa and Gatineau together have a population of around 1.3 million people.

"It's so surprising and awful to see the disaster the way it struck the homes", Couillard said as he toured Pontiac, Que.

Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard broke off campaigning ahead of an Oct 1 provincial election to travel to Gatineau.

"And it's completely vanished, nearly completely vanished".

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