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Hydro Ottawa restores power for thousands overnight; many city services closed Monday

Hydro Ottawa restores power for thousands overnight; many city services closed Monday
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Hydro Ottawa says they were able to reconnect thousands of Ottawans with power overnight, two days after twin tornados ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau region on Friday night, causing enormous damage.

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Hydro Ottawa says they were able to reconnect thousands of Ottawans with power overnight, two days after two tornadoes ripped through the Ottawa-Gatineau region on Friday night, causing enormous damage.

As of 8 a.m. Monday, about 3,570 customers remain without power in the Nepean area, in the city’s west end, down from 33,000 who remained in the dark at 11 p.m. on Sunday night, the company tweeted.

This morning, 3,570 customers remain without power. Some still affected by outages are in Arlington Woods where devastation was greatest. Our crews continue to work to restore power in this heavily damaged area. #Ottnews #Ottcity #OttawaTornado pic.twitter.com/k24ASc9F6N

Customers still waiting to come back online are predominantly in the Arlington Woods and Craig Henry neighbourhoods, two areas among the hardest hit by the second, less powerful twister, Hydro Ottawa said. The company’s online outage map  shows parts of Manordale, Sheehan Estates, Leslie Park and Centrepointe are still affected and waiting to be reconnected.

“Our crews continue to work to restore power in this heavily damaged area,” Hydro Ottawa tweeted.

Hydro Ottawa crews have been working around the clock since Friday evening, when the two tornadoes destroyed dozens of homes, took down trees, smashed vehicles, and significantly damaged power lines and a critical transformer station in Merivale. Several people were admitted to hospital with serious injuries, two of whom were in critical condition.

Environment Canada confirmed over the weekend that an EF-3 category twister – with winds that reached 265 km/h – ripped through Dunrobin, about 35 kilometres west of the downtown area, before moving on to Gatineau.

The second tornado touched down in Arlington Woods at almost the same time, the federal agency said.

At one point more than 200,000 hydro customers were blacked out, but by Sunday morning, the Hydro Ottawa and Hydro Quebec websites reported the number had been reduced to fewer than 80,000 – 70,000 in the Ottawa area and 8,300 in the Outaouais region, which encompasses Gatineau.

Late Sunday night, Hydro Ottawa managed to restore power to the Barrhaven, Lincoln Heights, Westboro and Hintonburg areas.

Despite this, many municipal services, workplaces and schools are not operating as normal on Monday.

The government of Canada on Sunday night asked federal employees in the National Capital Region to stay home and work from home – if possible – on Monday to “minimize commuting as well as demand on the electrical grid.”

In addition, the Ottawa Catholic School Board and the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board announced citywide closures for Monday, citing power outages and extensive damage across the city.

The city of Ottawa has also posted changes to city services for the week of Sept. 24. Many services – including some library branches, child care centres, recreation facilities, the Ottawa Public Health dental clinic and the elections office – are closed on Monday.
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