Tornado batters area near Canadian capital Ottawa

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Peter Kimbell, a meteorologist with Environment Canada, says the tornado overturned cars on Highway 50 in Gatineau and caused extensive damage to houses in Ottawa's western area of Dunrobin.

The tornado hit on Friday evening, demolishing homes in the town of Dunrobin to the north west of the city before crossing over to the town of Gatineau, which lies directly to the north of Ottawa in the province of Quebec. "And I'd like to thank Minister Greg Rickford and his entire team who are working to support the crews on the ground to restore power to the area as soon as possible".

The premier was accompanied by city Mayor Jim Watson as he toured houses ravaged by the twister that tore through the tight-knit community before jumping the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Que.

At nearly the same time a second, slightly less powerful twister, touched down in the south Ottawa neighbourhood of Arlington Woods, the agency says.

In areas lashed by the tornado, scenes of the havoc were everywhere.

Three people were seriously injured as a result of the storm, including one person who has been listed in critical condition. In Dunrobin, authorities said many buildings that had emerged from the tornado partially intact would likely have to be torn down.

"Literally, it looks like some bomb was dropped from the air".

"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".

The agency tweeted drone footage on Saturday morning showing a mass of hydro towers, trees and power lines felled by the storm.

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