Premier Dalton McGuinty was in Durham yesterday, viewing first-hand the devastation wrought by the tornado that whipped through the small town, killing a young boy Thursday.

McGuinty has met with the family of Owen McPherson, the 11-year-old boy killed by debris as a twister pummelled a conservation area north of the town. He said the deadly storm was a devastating and tragic event, but added that everyone affected will pull through its aftermath together.

McGuinty said there are programs in place that allow affected residents to receive aid from the government to help them recover.

The premier was also in Vaughan over the weekend to take in the destruction left by the tornados Thursday.

Durham and Vaughan were the hardest hit by the string of twisters that barrelled across the province, with both communities declaring states of emergency.

When in Vaughan, McGuinty said he was surprised at the power of the storm, which “tossed cars around like toys.”

Environment Canada also confirmed tornado touchdowns in Newmarket and Milton.

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