Environment Canada confirms Ottawa area hit by two tornadoes, not just one

They encouraged residents to stockpile food and water following the storm, which tore roofs off of homes, overturned cars and felled power lines in the Ottawa community of Dunrobin and in Gatineau, Que.

A tornado damaged cars in Gatineau, Que., and houses in a community west of Ottawa on Friday afternoon as much of southern Ontario saw severe thunderstorms and high wind gusts, Environment Canada said.

The storm also downed dozens of electric lines throughout the region, as Mayor Watson predicted it may take several days for power to return to everyone affected.

The agency said that at nearly the same time a second, slightly less powerful twister, touched down in the south Ottawa neighbourhood of Arlington Woods.

Meantime, Hydro-Quebec said 114,000 customers were affected by outages in that province.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted Saturday day that he'd spoken with the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau to offer federal assistance. Authorities said dozens of people suffered injuries, however there were no reports of fatalities or of missing people.

Three people were seriously injured as a result of the storm, including one person who has been listed in critical condition.

In areas lashed by the tornado, scenes of the havoc were everywhere.

This has also caused damage to properties with downed trees and powerlines.

Officials warned people not to re-enter their homes until they had been deemed safe.

The government department revealed the larger Canada tornado was the first time in recorded history that an EF3 tornado had ripped through the country in the month of September.

Meantime, hydro crews are working to untangle and fix fallen power lines and restore electricity to the region.

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