Cars were flipped off the highway, power lines were downed and tornado, along with the gusting winds, rain and huge hail that came along with it caused severe damage to homes, businesses and community hubs.
Nicole Lowden describes how a tornado Friday destroyed her home in the rural Ottawa community of Dunrobin.
After visiting the hard-hit Dunrobin area, in the city's west, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson likened it to an aerial bombing, adding that Friday's tornado was among "the top two or three traumatic events that have affected our city" in history. Several minutes later, a smiling firefighter handed Carlson a silver laptop computer - the one that had valuable information about two business ventures.
The region between Ottawa and Montreal (centre-east of Canada) undergoes every year a dozen of tornadoes, on average, usually in June or July, very rarely of such violence, according to experts, weather permitting. "It really helped a lot that they were there to make sure we were OK". On Sunday he was on crutches and wearing a cast on his left ankle - a result of one-month-old injury that removed him from the recovery efforts.
The area of Dunrobin in Ottawa was hard hit, with 60 buildings fully or partially destroyed.
"We can replace the infrastructure, and we will".
Ford made the promise after meeting more local residents, returning to homes that the tornadoes had in some cases levelled, in a pastoral area littered with snapped power lines and scattered branches.
"We're putting the resources in, we are going to get it done", he told a sobbing woman seeking refuge at the school.
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"It is", she responded tearfully.
"We'll get everyone back on their feet", Ford told an afternoon news conference.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to Twitter to urge residents in the affected areas to "stay safe, follow the instructions of first responders and check in with people who might need extra help".
Hadley Junior High School and Philemon Wright High School in Gatineau also announced they would be closed on Monday due to tornado damage.
Officials in Gatineau said that 200 people there had received housing assistance through the Red Cross.
Toronto Hydro says in a tweet that it is working to restore about 4,300 power outages in the city.
Meanwhile, across the river in Gatineau, Hydro Quebec said 165,000 customers were without power after Friday's storm, but that number has been widdled down to 114,000 as of 7 a.m. Saturday.