Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Ottawa Monday Night Storm Blacks Out 24,000 Homes

A severe thunderstorm swept through Ottawa Monday night, knocking out power to more than 24,000 homes.

A weather warning for the area was issued by Environment Canada at 7 p.m.

Firefighters were kept busy responding to emergency calls pouring in, first from Kanata, then downtown Ottawa, then Orléans, as the storm moved from west to east, tearing branches from trees and knocking down trees and power lines.

The downpour was so heavy it brought traffic to a halt in some areas.

A Hydro Ottawa said most people experienced only a temporary loss of electricity.

Power was restored to all but about 2,000 customers by 8:30 p.m.


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