Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Tornado

Let me be clear: Eastern Ontario is not exactly tornado alley, not like Southwestern Ontario where we lived for more than 3 decades. Not that it was an everyday occurrence there, but I did once teach sisters whose house was flattened by a tornado.

All that being said, it did happen on Friday, only about a half hour from us.






Meanwhile, and I'm sure not at the peak of the ferocious winds that we experienced, the kids had fun being kids.




Addendum: Many parts of Ottawa were without power yesterday, and some still are. Consequently, it seemed that quite a few people ventured from the western part of Ottawa out to our town where they might find either nourishment or fuel or both. Our local gas stations were drained dry, and both restaurants and grocery stores were kept very busy.

11 comments:

Marie Smith said...

Total devastation in some areas, with little warning! How fortunate no lives were lost!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Watched the news reports of the devastation and damage in Ottawa this morning and wondered if you would post as well, John. It's not something we would have expected to learn about in Canada. Apparently, the kids enjoyed the rain more so than most other folks.

Mage said...

That's so horrific and unexpected.

Christina said...

That is some destruction! I hope those poor people made homeless are safe and in comfortable shelter. It must be quite warm still if the kids are out in the rain barefoot. The raindrops look rather big.

Joanne Noragon said...

Tornados are fierce storms! I live in an alley, too.

Jim Flack said...

Fierce winds can do untold damage in the blink of an eye. I don't actually live in an alley, but about 30 miles south of me is a treacherous stretch during the season.
On a lighter side, there's just something about a warm rain, puddles, and children that warms my heart!!

Shammickite said...

I saw the pictures of the tornado damage on the TV news. Horrible. I can't imagine what I would do in such a situation. Back in the late 1980s a tornado ripped the roof off the garage on the property where my son lives now. He didn't live there then.
We had heavy rain and strong winds here too... I was driving grandson to a birthday party, and he got soaked running from the car to the party place!

Vicki Lane said...

How terrifying! I can't even imagine.

troutbirder said...

Oh my that was really bad looking....

Jenn Jilks said...

I never even thought of tornado victims traveling your way.
I know so many affected.
One young woman, Julie Lalonde, who speaks about woman as victims, and was stalked for 10 years, said she ate in an Ottawa restaurant and got food poisoning. She believes they should have thrown their food out after the power outage. It's terrible.

Ruth said...

We were in South Ottawa when the tornadoes hit and did not see destruction but experienced a prolonged power outage. I have put together a much improved emergency kit for our daughter's family and ourselves as a result. We drove around in the total darkness that night looking for stores that might be open and there were none. At least we could recharge our phones while driving the car.