'WAR SCENE': Capital region still reeling after intense tornado rips through

Environment Canada says a tornado touched down in Ottawa and Gatineau Que. on Friday afternoon

Environment Canada says a tornado touched down in Ottawa and Gatineau Que. on Friday afternoon

Ford made the pledge Sunday after he arrived in Dunrobin, the Ottawa neighbourhood hardest hit by a pair of tornadoes that snapped power lines and levelled homes.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch at 6:29 p.m. on Friday for Ottawa, Gatineau, and surrounding areas.

Meanwhile, electricity company HydroQuebec reported over 130,000 customers were without power in the Ottawa area Friday evening.

More than 270,000 residents and businesses in the Ottawa and Gatineau region are still without power following Friday's violent storm.

The Ottawa Hospital said in a tweet last night that it was treating six people with injuries related to the tornado. Officials set up shelters for those who couldn't return home and they said crisis counselling would be available.

Environment Canada has yet to officially release a statement confirming that a tornado had formed, but one meteorologist with the weather agency has confirmed to media that a tornado did touch down in the Dunrobin area before heading across the Ottawa River.

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"The worst, I think, is over, but there is the potential for more", Kimbell said.

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

Much of Dunrobin, a semi-rural community about 22 miles (35 kilometers) west of downtown Ottawa, remained cordoned off by police.

Officials warned people not to re-enter their homes until they had been deemed safe as firefighters went door-to-door to determine whether structures were still sound.

Conrad said the outages come as a result of "cascading failure" of resources owned by provincial utility Hydro One.

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