Cleanup efforts underway after tornadoes tear through Cape Cod

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YARMOUTH, Mass. (WPRI) — Not one – but two tornadoes touched down on Cape Cod Tuesday, Eyewitness News has learned.

This is only the fourth time in the past 70 years that a tornado has hit Cape Cod.

The National Weather Service reported both were EF-1 tornadoes, with one causing extensive damage in Yarmouth and the other in Harwich.

As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, nearly 12,000 customers remained without power, according to Eversource.

Officials said eight communities in all sustained significant damage. On Wednesday, people around the Cape could be seen picking up downed tree limbs and other debris such as mailboxes and window fronts.

Cleaning up downed power lines is the main focus right now along with making sure everyone is safe. Despite all the damage, no injuries have been reported.

Harwich declared a state of emergency in hopes of securing more funding and resources for the recovery efforts.

The National Weather Service sent representatives to the Cape to assess the damage.

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker met with officials in Harwich Wednesday afternoon to survey the damage.

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