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Massive storm knocks out power to parts of Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / June 17, 2014

toronto stormA line of powerful thunderstorms has left parts of Toronto without power, and the rest very, very wet. Toronto Hydro says approximately 4,400 people are currently without electricity, most of them west of Bathurst, south of Lawrence, east of Caledonia Park Rd.

Skies began to darken shortly before 7:00 as a line of storms moved southeast through the city. Monsoon-like rain coupled with high winds and frequent lightning persisted for a little over half an hour and there were reports of localized flooding on the Don Valley Parkway and Lake Shore Blvd. Weather experts warned of possible wind damage and poor driving conditions.

Samuel Aguiar sent this time lapse of the storm approaching.

Last a year storm very much like this one caused widespread flooding and power outages across the GTA. The ensuing chaos crippled the TTC and left a GO train stranded amid rising flood waters in the Don Valley.

Environment Canada has now cancelled its severe thunderstorm warning for the City of Toronto.

Here are pictures of the storm on social media.

Chris Bateman is a staff writer at blogTO. Follow him on Twitter at @chrisbateman.

Image: Rob Bieber/Twitter



iSkyscraper / June 17, 2014 at 09:33 pm
Didn't a large urban power outage in Toronto use to be a very rare thing? Now it seems to happen every year.
Josepg replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / June 17, 2014 at 10:24 pm
It appears to happen every time when there's something little more than a summer shower.
p / June 17, 2014 at 10:45 pm
Please link to a larger image of that first photo, it's awesome!
Ryan replying to a comment from Mark / June 18, 2014 at 08:37 am
As long as my taxes aren't raised to fund anything that Toronto Hydro does, I'm okay with any of their plans. I pay too much in taxes as it is.

Mark, please pay for your plan on your own, as I can't afford to pay for it.
Jamaal / June 18, 2014 at 09:51 am
Honest Ed's under siege:
Brent / June 18, 2014 at 09:57 am
4,000 customers, not people. A customer = a hydro meter. I think during the ice storm they equated it to about 2.5 people per meter, so that would work out to about 10,000 people.
steve replying to a comment from Ryan / June 18, 2014 at 10:19 am
C'mon Ryan, you know the higher taxes would only ever go to pet projects. If the money actually went in infrastructure it would be a lot more acceptable
you're country folk, grow a set / June 18, 2014 at 10:25 am
People of Angus need to buck up.

An F2 is a bloody light breeze through Tornado Alley in the US.
Alyssa replying to a comment from iSkyscraper / June 18, 2014 at 11:20 am
Combination of aging hydro system, higher urbanization (more impervious = faster storm response time) and far more residents now than 15, 20 years ago.
d.a.r.y.l. replying to a comment from you're country folk, grow a set / June 18, 2014 at 03:42 pm
i hear ya. i can't believe those pussies are crying about losing their homes. grow a pair already.
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