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 said resembled 'a war scene'.
Thousands of people were left without power following the monstrous storm.
"They are just absolutely incredible, and I just want to tell everyone that our prayers and thoughts are with them, and support is there from the province".
Nicole Lowden describes how a tornado Friday destroyed her home in the rural Ottawa community of Dunrobin.
Downed power lines and debris from buildings littered the streets of Gatineau, Quebec, after a tornado tore through the area on September 21.
Some people whose homes sustained major damage have been told it will be more than a week before they can go back in to retrieve clothes and other essential items. However, she said the school would remain open all night for anyone who needed a place to stay.
Officials are beginning to tally the damage of a tornado that ripped through the Ottawa area yesterday, sending several people to hospital and levelling buildings.
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Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard broke off campaigning ahead of an October 1 provincial election to travel to Gatineau.
"Throughout the weekend, our crews have worked tirelessly to get the lights back and we believe the majority of customers will have their power back by tonight", Hydro One COO Greg Kiraly said in a release. Coalition Avenir Quebec Leader Francois Legault and Manon Masse, a co-spokesperson for Quebec solidaire, were scheduled to arrive in the area later Saturday.
Couillard added he was moved when he heard a story about a man in the community who had built his house with his own hands.
"Come shower, eat, charge your devices, I don't need to know you, you don't need to ask, show up (bring Tupperware and I'll fill it up) and you will be welcome", Tregunna tweeted along with her address. "So please, just take the stuff [there]", she said.
The Ontario government announced Saturday that it was activating the province's Disaster Recovery Assistance program in affected areas.
Anthony Di Monte, general manager of the City of Ottawa's Emergency and Protective Service, said that more than 400 traffic lights continue to be out. "It really helped a lot that they were there to make sure we were OK".