Photo: Damage in Dunrobin, from Jim Watson’s Twitter feed
Power was back on for most people in the city Monday morning, in the aftermath of a powerful thunderstorm and tornado on Friday.
By Monday morning, fewer than 4,000 were still without electricity.
Environment Canada confirmed a tornado touched down in Dunrobin, destroying several buildings and causing widespread damage, before moving across the Ottawa River to cause more mayhem in Gatineau. Separately, another tornado touched down in Nepean around the Craig Henry area.
Here are some helpful resources to refer to in the aftermath of this storm.
- Dunrobin residents displaced by damage may go to an emergency reception centre at West Carleton High School at 3088 Dunrobin Rd.
- The Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 1500 Shea Rd., has power and an emergency shelter.
- Hydro Ottawa’s Twitter feed has updates on the power situation. The outages are expected to be a multi-day situation. “The electrical grid has not sustained such extensive damage since the ’98 Ice Storm,” Hydro Ottawa tweeted.
- Hydro One storm centre.
- Ottawa Police Twitter feed
- City of Ottawa Twitter feed
- City of Ottawa emergency response page.
- Ville de Gatineau emergency response page.
- Local media have up-to-date info on the latest news. The Ottawa Citizen has removed their paywall until further notice.
Travel and transportation
- OC Transpo posts route cancellations & delays to their web sites.
- Check out our Ottawa traffic page for road information.
- Remember to treat intersections where the lights are out as all-way stops.
- If you’re flying somewhere or expecting visitors from out of town, here’s the link to flight information at the Ottawa Airport.
- You can check for VIA Rail delays here.
Where to charge your phone or get food
- Many city facilities that have power are open for phone charging and showers. A list of operating facilities is on ottawa.ca.
- The Dovercourt Recreation Centre in Westboro is open.
- Bayshore Shopping Centre has power
- Real Canadian Superstore in Westboro is open.
- Signature Centre in Kanata is open.
- Causeway at 22 O’Meara St. Is open
- The ByWard Market, and most of downtown, has power.
- In The Air bar and lounge at 3094 Carling Ave. Is charging phones and serving coffee and tea.
- While much of Nepean is dark, Algonquin College has power and has fully staffed many of its food service locations for increased demand.
- Movati Fitness says on Facebook their Kanata, Orleans and Train Yards locations are open and will provide complimentary passes for those needed showers.
- Planet Fitness’ Nepean location at 1821 Robertson Rd. is open 24/7 for phone charging and showering.
- You can charge your phone and use the internet at Ottawa Public Library branches, however the following are closed due to power outages:
Ruth E Dickinson
- Tree guards on downtown Bank Street mostly have power outlets.
- We’re tweeting and re-tweeting storm updates and info on other places you can go for food/power on our Twitter feed.