Tornado-force winds topple stage at Ottawa concert

July 18, 2011OTTAWA — Thousands of people were evacuated from Ottawa’s Bluesfest on Sunday after the stage collapsed during a Cheap Trick concert. Ottawa police reported that two people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Concertgoer Pamela Cogan said a pole broke off the back of the stage and hit Cheap Trick’s driver. “I held his head until I got him into the ambulance,” said Cogan, a respiratory therapist at the Ottawa Hospital who is also trained in first aid. She said he suffered head and leg injuries and a cut on his stomach. “I can’t understand how people on the stage weren’t hurt,” said Cogan, who said she was standing about three metres away when the storm hit. The Sunday evening programming at the multi-day outdoor concert was cancelled after the violent storm. Bluesfest spokesman Joe Reilly said the festival constantly monitors weather satellites. He said there was a warning shortly before the storm hit from the northwest, but he said the “micro burst” proved unpredictably violent. –National Post
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3 Responses to Tornado-force winds topple stage at Ottawa concert

  1. NickK0 says:

    I wouldn’t want to be out in the open at Alpine Valley, or a similar concert venue, with lawn seats, if a microburst came through the area…. To say nothing of tornadoes or derecho events.

    I no longer take thunderstorms ‘for granted’ anymore. I now have a healthy dose of respect for them.
    The last ‘road trip’ that I took out-of-state, I purchased a weather radio to take with me.
    I have never felt ‘the need’ for that before, but I do, nowadays.

    It does seem that derecho and microburst events seem to happen more frequently – I wonder what the statistics are, relating to this ??

    – Nick


  2. Wiseguy says:

    I’m sorry but I can’t believe human stupidity. I was watching the radar imagery and you had to be blind not to see the huge storm coming hours in advance and knowing the exact time it would hit.

    Alvin, if I can send you the snapshot I took yesterday, you would see perfectly the storm coming over Ottawa and Montreal Area, The spokesman is a liar or somebody else was sleeping on the job. Hopefully there was no death, because I have the proof to show the incompetency of this organisation.


  3. tiffany says:

    in defense of our weather up here, it has been chaotic to say the least, and imagery can’t be counted on, it’s just one of those freaky things.


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