Stormy weather swamps capital region

Stormy weather gripped the region Saturday, forcing residents to run for shelter.

A severe thunderstorm warning for the region was issued by Environment Canada -predicting strong wind gusts to 90 km/h — although it ended by suppertime.

Between 20 to 30 mm of rain was expected to fall in Ottawa, however, there was risk of another thunderstorm in the late evening.

Weather is believed to have caused $300,000 in damage to a Westboro home, leaving four people displaced.

A lightning strike led to fire at 583 Tweedsmuir Ave. at 9:13 a.m.

Two adults and two children escaped uninjured.

Firefighters contained to blaze to the attic, although ceilings and walls were opened up to ensure fire didn’t spread.

Environment Canada issued a special weather statement at 12:46 p.m covering most of Eastern Ontario including Ottawa-Gatineau, Prescott and Russell, Smiths Falls, Lanark, Sharbot Lake, Renfrew, Pembroke, Barry’s Bay, Morrisburg, Cornwall, Brockville, and Kingston.

But the Ottawa Folk Festival at Hog’s Back Park, which bills itself as a “rain or shine festival” went full steam ahead.

As of 3 p.m., all programming remained uninterrupted.

“We expect unstable weather conditions this afternoon and anticipate that there will be precipitation,” reads a statement.

Festival administration is in “constant contact with our independent meteorological consultants” and will issue hourly updates about programming and the weather on its Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as

The highly anticipated fundraiser Ride the Rideau wasn’t so fortunate.

The 100 km bike tour from Ottawa to Merrickville was canned partway due to rain.

Nonetheless, $1.72 million was raised by more than 700 participants — including 22 cancer survivors.

“This community is relentless in its pursuit for better cancer care and research,” said Tim Kluke, president and CEO of the Ottawa hospital foundation in a statement.

While there’s no raincheque for the event, the money raised still supports groundbreaking cancer research at The Ottawa Hospital, which has received $4.4 million in three years.

In addition, the 17th annual Parkinson SuperWalk also had to call it quits.

The event features a two km and 5 km loop along the Ottawa River.

Sunday looks to be dry with a mix of sun and cloud and a high of 18 C.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday are sunny with highs of 18 C, 22 C, and 26 C.

Twitter: @ottawasunkroche


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