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Ottawa tornado took meteorologists by surprise
Conditions in the Ottawa area Sunday evening were so unremarkable that Environment Canada didn’t even issue a tornado warning until after a report that a twister had been sighted. The storm uprooted trees and caused minor damage in the eastern suburb of Orléans. There were no fatalities. This is the second tornado to hit the National Capital Region within a year, but Environment Canada’s Robert Kuhn told the Ottawa Citizen that one or two events aren’t necessarily the result of a changing climate — it’s historically not unusual for tornadoes to happen at this time of year. “If our climate keeps warming, then perhaps the opportunity for these kinds of events will be more frequent over a longer season,” he added.
More than 1,700 Pikangikum residents flee northwestern Ontario wildfire
Nearly half the residents of Pikangikum First Nation, north of Kenora, have been flown out of their remote community as a 3,300-hectare forest fire burns just kilometres away from their homes. "If the wind shifts and picks up unfavourably, the town's at great risk, given they cannot put out the fire," Nishnawbe Aski Nation Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox told the CBC. "The number one priority right now is the lives of the people that are there."
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