Ontario Premier Doug Ford visits Ottawa in the wake of devastating tornadoes

Ontario Premier Doug Ford visits Ottawa in the wake of devastating tornadoes

Ford pledged the province's full support to residents recovering from the storm.

The twin twisters obliterated dozens of homes, tossing vehicles around, snapping huge trees and injuring several people, at least two of whom were admitted to hospital in critical condition.

Residents leave with some of their belongings from a Gatineau, Quebec, Canada neighborhood on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018.

The second tornado was classified as a high end EF-2 with wind speeds of up 137mph and it hit the neighborhood of Arlington Woods in Ottawa.

El-Chantiry also urged residents to remain patient, since the level of damage has left many homes unsafe.

The area of Dunrobin in Ottawa was hard hit, with 60 buildings fully or partially destroyed.

Bryce Conrad, the president of Hydro Ottawa, said some areas would not have power on Monday or this week. A key power station was knocked out by the tornadoes, and Conrad said it looked it was bombed.

"There will be people who don't have power tomorrow morning. There will be people who don't have power this week", Conrad said.

"I asked the mayor, and he felt it's probably best to let the first responders and emergency services do their job, don't distract them", he said.

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The premier was accompanied by Watson as he toured houses ravaged by the twister before it jumped the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Que.

"The real work for those families that have lost everything will be many, many months", Watson added.

Individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that had property damage or loss as a result of the disaster may be eligible for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program, the government said in a statement.

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

The kindness of strangers has been playing a significant role in the aftermath of Friday's tornado.

Neighbours with electricity have stepped in to help feed and shelter those without.

Shawna Tregunna tweeted a photo of pancakes saying she was cooking up hot meals all day. As of late Friday night, outages are affecting more than 147,000 customers across the city.

"A lot of us have never seen anything like it", he said of the destruction.

"The community is going to come together".

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