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