The severe weather system that rolled through Ottawa yesterday left a footprint on the city, with mature trees snapped in half , hydro knocked out for hours, a roof torn off and 2 people suffered serious injuries after being hit by falling trees in 2 separate accidents.
This video shows just how ferocious things became. Watch how the winds pick up just after the halfway mark!
Winds were recorded at 90 km/hour near the Civic Hospital at 3:15pm. The damage was most likely caused by downburst and not a tornado.
The 100 year old Bebb’s Oak tree in the Dominion Arboretum was severely damaged. I know this tree because when my daughter was young we’d pass it and she would say, “There’s my tree! Can we stop so I can climb it? Pleeease?”. We spent hours around that tree and one day a shiny brass plaque on it caught my attention.
It said that the tree was dedicated to the memory Ardeth Wood and that “Her death touched the heart of a city.” It sure did. Who can forget the search and the sad, sad way it ended.
The storm was so strong it uprooted trees and tossed items far and wide.
The clean up continues today around Ottawa today.