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Doug Ford visits tornado site, pledges help to rebuild (4 photos)

'It gives me the chills just to think about it because everyone pitches in,' Ford said, adding it's an 'absolute miracle' nobody was killed

On Friday afternoon, Ontario Premier Doug Ford toured the neighbourhood in south-end Barrie ravaged a day earlier by an EF-2 tornado.

He witnessed first-hand the destruction wrought by Thursday's twister and thanked emergency services personnel who remain at the scene.

While there were a few serious injuries in the wake of the nasty storm, no fatalities have been reported.

"Thank God no one was killed ... it was an absolute miracle," Ford said Friday as he was surrounded by debris and battered houses left in the tornado's wake.

He also pledged to support the community as it rebuilds. 

"We're going to have their backs, we're going to have their support - anything they need."

Ford applauded the community's response to the disaster, including the coordinated efforts of various emergency services.

But he credited selfless friends, neighbours and family for pitching in early and often to help the residents impacted by the dangerous storm.

"That's the spirit, the Ontario spirit. It gives me the chills just to think about it because everyone pitches in," he said.

Watch for a full story and more photos later today.


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