Tornado hits nation's capital and Gatineau, Quebec

Destroyed buildings and cars are seen in Mont-Bleu Gatineau after a tornado ripped through the area

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning and tornado watch at 6:29 p.m. on Friday for Ottawa, Gatineau, and surrounding areas.

The Ottawa Hospital tweeted that five people were in hospital for storm-related injuries - down from six last night.

Three people were seriously injured as a result of the storm, including one person who has been listed in critical condition.

Officials warned people not to re-enter their homes until they had been deemed safe.

Speaking to reporters Saturday, Mayor Jim Watson said the tornado has plunged large swaths of the city into darkness after the Hydro One-owned Merivale substation was badly damaged by high winds, disconnecting parts of the city from the provincial grid.

Here is where to find more info from Hydro Quebec.

The powerful twister caused devastation as it tore through the cities of Ottawa in Ontario and Gatineau, Quebec.

"We're monitoring the situation and thinking of everyone affected", he said on Twitter.

More than 270,000 residents and businesses in the Ottawa and Gatineau region are still without power following Friday's violent storm. Bordeleau also mentioned that 300 intersections didn't have working stop lights so drivers should use caution.

Anthony Di Monte, chief of Ottawa Emergency and Protective Services, told CTV News that there are now 30 known injuries across the city with five people in the Dunrobin area of Ottawa suffering critical injuries.

"Some of the buildings in Dunrobin, Ont. have completely been obliterated, quite candidly", he said.

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