Powerful storm hit Ottawa on Wednesday.

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning at about 3 p.m. yesterday , and it wasn’t long before the damage was witnessed first-hand.

A severe thunderstorm rolled through the National Capital Region on Wednesday and paved a path of destruction, with at least two serious injuries reported.According to Environment Canada, the damage was too widespread to be caused by a tornado and was more likely a downburst.

Peter Kimbell, a warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada said, “When those downdrafts become particularly severe, they can hit the ground and spread out and do damage that to many people, to the public often, resembles tornadoes.”

4 schools are closed Thursday and hundreds of people are still without power after a powerful storm moved through the region Wednesday afternoon.  Affected areas include Britannia, Glabar Park, Kitchisippi and Bay.


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