Tornado hits nation's capital and Gatineau, Quebec

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"But it's been a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, for sure".

Carlson, a volunteer firefighter with the Dunrobin Fire Department, said that if it weren't for the wedding, he likely would have ended up getting called to the scene of his own home's destruction. A volunteer firefighter emerged with a set of file folders.

Schools also announced they would be closed on Monday.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and the Ottawa Catholic School Board both said they are closing all schools on Monday.Employees with the federal government have been told to stay home. "They're working in risky conditions and, at times, are not able to start repairs until the wind weakens".

"Just as we went past the stairs, the door blew open [and] a massive four-by-four came flying through the door", said Lowden, a local paramedic. "We're a community, we're team Ontario, and we work together". "And then it passed".

"We're going to do whatever it takes to help them get back on their feet", Ford told his annual Ford Fest barbecue in Vaughan, Ont., on Saturday. At least six people were injured. "Because you don't know what it means to somebody".

A second tornado - slightly weaker but still devastating - also touched down Friday near Greenbank and West Hunt Club roads.

"On behalf of the government of Ontario, I want to tell the people of Ottawa that my thoughts are with them as they work to recover from the tornado and storm that impacted the Ottawa area yesterday; especially to the people of Dunrobin who saw huge damage to their homes and community".

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

Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin says 215 buildings were damaged or destroyed, and a total of 1,686 homes were affected.

"I asked the mayor, and he felt it's probably best to let the first responders and emergency services do their job, don't distract them", he said. "It's been deemed livable", Loveys said. For that reason, residents would have to be escorted from the temporary shelter to their property, he said. "If they need anything at all, by all means we will be there for them".

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