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Power in the area has also been affected with around 167,000 Hydro One customers who were without electricity late Friday evening.

Residents of the Ottawa region are facing widespread power outages and school closures after two tornadoes struck on Friday.

A tornado in Ottawa and Gatineau, Que., overturned cars and caused extensive damage to houses.

They said they'd arrived home just a few minutes before the tornado cut its swath through the neighbourhood.

Environment Canada said that at nearly the same time a second, lightly less powerful, twister touched down in the south Ottawa neighbourhood of Arlington Woods.

"It looked like something you'd see in a movie, or you'd see in tornado valley in Oklahoma", said Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, who had seen drone footage of the twister.

The Ottawa paramedics association tweeted that it had responded to 16 tornado-related calls in the Dunrobin area, including people trapped in homes, basements, and cars, injuries from debris, and secondary trauma from the winds. "This is a community that has come together to create some sort of normalcy".

Evacuations were underway in Gatineau on Friday night after buildings were damaged by severe weather, the Gatineau police department said.

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Ford also met residents who have taken refuge at a local high school, and praised the work of volunteers helping them.

"The worst, I think, is over, but there is the potential for more", Kimbell said.

I especially want to thank the first responders and hydro crews who have been working around the clock to help people.

"We'll get everyone back on their feet", Ford told an afternoon news conference.

Hydro crews - including extra workers from across Ontario - were working around the clock to untangle and fix fallen power lines and restore electricity to the region.

The Ontario government announced Saturday that it was activating the province's Disaster Recovery Assistance program in affected areas, while the Quebec government announced it would give the Red Cross $1 million to help with relief efforts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday that he'd spoken with the mayors of Ottawa and Gatineau to discuss "how the community is recovering from the damages".

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