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Tornado touches down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., Environment Canada says

Police tape guards against fallen power lines after a large tree branch fell in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Environment Canada says a tornado touched down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., on Friday afternoon as much of southern Ontario saw severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts.
Police tape guards against fallen power lines after a large tree branch fell in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood Friday, Sept. 21, 2018. Environment Canada says a tornado touched down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., on Friday afternoon as much of southern Ontario saw severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts. - The Canadian Press

OTTAWA - Environment Canada says a tornado touched down in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., on Friday afternoon as much of southern Ontario saw severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts.

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.

He says the worst is over for the region, but tornado warnings are still in effect in the Ontario communities of Prescott and Russell.

Kimbell says a line of thunderstorms running from west of Ottawa and into Gatineau are expected to continue for several hours.

He says the Greater Toronto Area saw wind gusts of up to 80 kilometres per hour.

Toronto Hydro says in a tweet that it is working to restore about 4,300 power outages in the city.

“We have all available crews out in the field,” the utility company said. “They're working in dangerous conditions and, at times, are not able to start repairs until the wind weakens.”

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