OTTAWA – The City of Ottawa and the surrounding region are in recovery mode from a suspected tornado.
The City of Ottawa is advising that residents in the Dunrobin area displaced by the suspected tornado can go to an emergency reception area located at West Carleton High School, 3088 Dunrobin Road.
Hydro Ottawa is reporting, 137,000 customers are affected by +200
#outages across Ottawa. Restoration efforts are expected to last days. The electrical grid has not sustained such extensive damage since the ’98 Ice Storm. Crews are working diligently to ensure public safety & restore.
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Hydro One reports, “Thunderstorms and high winds that started this afternoon have caused power outages to more than 100,000 Hydro One customers. It is expected this weather will continue throughout the evening, potentially causing further damage. Hydro One has already mobilized crews in advance of the storm and where safe, is assessing damage and restoring power to customers.”
“Hydro One crews are working to restore power to customers affected by the thunderstorms and high winds,” said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operating Officer, Hydro One. “Our priority right now is to respond to emergencies and start repairing main lines so that we can get the largest numbers of customers restored as quickly and safely as possible.”
Residents in the Hunt Club/Riverside area can go to an emergency reception centre at the Canterbury Recreation Centre, 2185 Arch Street.
The Ottawa Airport is reporting that they are on emergency power and for flights in and out to check with your airline.
Emergency crews are concentrating its response in two areas of the city following the tornado and windstorm that struck Ottawa earlier today:
- Dunrobin area
- Hunt Club/Riverside area
If you require immediate assistance due to a life-threatening situation please call 9-1-1.
The City of Ottawa is responding to numerous calls about fallen trees and storm debris across Ottawa. Workers are responding to calls as quickly as possible. Calls volume to 3-1-1 is significant. If you do not need immediate assistance, please call later.
Ottawa Hydro is responding to numerous power outages. Until power is restored, Ottawa residents should take the following precautions:
- Stay away from loose or dangling electrical wires. Advise the authorities if you can.
- Turn the thermostat(s) down to a minimum and unplug all appliances, electronic equipment, and tools to prevent injury, damage to equipment and fire. Power can be restored more easily when the system is not overloaded.
- Use a flashlight instead of candles
- If you must use candles, be sure to use proper candleholders. Never leave lit candles unattended.
- If you live in an apartment, don’t use the elevator. You run the risk of being stuck in it.