At least one tornado seen as storms hit Ottawa area, eastern Ontario

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Environment Canada says one tornado hit the Ottawa area on Sunday and there may have been others in Eastern Ontario.

Rob Kuhn, severe weather meteorologist with Environment Canada in Toronto, said a tornado was observed 11 km southeast of the Gatineau, Que., airport just before 6 p.m.

Ottawa police said there are trees down and damage to property in the Orleans area in the city’s east end.

One person is being treated for a minor injury, according to the City of Ottawa. Power outages have also been reported.

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Photos posted to social media on Sunday show a large funnel cloud.

The capital region was hit by several tornadoes less than a year ago, which flattened neighbourhoods and did severe damage to the power grid.

The city is still in a state of emergency over floods earlier this spring.

A view of the storm from Millennium Sports Park in Orleans on Sunday, June 2.

A view of the storm from Millennium Sports Park in Orleans on Sunday, June 2.

Clarisse Ramirez

Kuhn said there may have been tornadoes in the Prescott-Russell area of eastern Ontario, but they have not been confirmed.

“There were thunderstorms that were capable of producing tornadoes between about 6 and 8:30 p.m. this evening,” Kuhn said.

WATCH: ‘It’s quite a mess’: Residents in Ottawa clean up after tornado hits area

Tornado warnings and watches that were in effect Sunday evening for parts of eastern Ontario and Quebec, including Prescott-Russell and Gatineau, have been lifted.

WATCH: Funnel cloud looms in distance in Orleans, Ont. as Environment Canada issues tornado warnings

What to do in the event of a tornado warning

  • Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet.
  • Leave mobile homes, vehicles, tents, trailers and other temporary or free-standing shelter, and move to a strong building if you can.
  • As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris. Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!

Courtesy Environment Canada

With files from Eric Stober and the Canadian Press

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