Powerful winds damage homes, uproot trees and knock power out in Mont-Laurier
6 homes damaged and 2 evacuated due to damage, including torn off roofs
Powerful winds caused damage in Mont-Laurier Sunday afternoon and knocked out power in thousands of homes across the Laurentians town two-and-a-half hours north of Montreal.
At least six homes were damaged, including roofs that were torn off by the gusts, a little after 4 p.m. Two of the homes were evacuated, but no one was hurt, according to police.
Those evacuated are receiving help from the Red Cross.
Mario Hamel, the director of Mont-Laurier's fire department, said the winds may have been caused by microbursts.
Environment Canada said images and videos on social media appear to show powerful winds, rather than a tornado. It could not yet confirm what caused them.
Quebec's provincial police says it received several calls between 4:40 p.m. and 5:40 p.m. about roads blocked by debris, fallen trees and mangled electrical wires, as well homes, sheds and pools that had been damaged.
With files from Radio-Canada