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Photos from the storm in Toronto look like they came straight out of the apocalypse

Toronto was hit with a brief, yet torrential, downpour Monday afternoon, and photos that emerged following the storm show threatening-looking clouds that could easily be straight out of an apocalypse movie.Β 

The city's skies turned dark around 3 p.m. yesterday, just shortly before the rain began.Β 

Soon after, Toronto was hit with pouring rain, thunder, lightning and even pieces of hail the size of a nickel.Β 

Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 3:22 p.m.Β and the alert warned of strong wind gusts and potential flooding.Β 

Thankfully, the storm was short-lived, but it did give Toronto's many talented photographers a chance to capture the weather event in all its glory.Β 

The storm was felt across the province, not just in Toronto, and footage from all over Ontario has emerged on social media over the past 24 hours.

According to the International Centre For Waterspout Research, a total of 13 waterspouts also formed over parts of the Great Lakes yesterday, with more expected throughout this week.Β 

The water tornadoes look slightly terrifying and are probably not something you'd want to witness up close, but they certainly do make for captivating images.Β 

The next time Toronto is expected to get hit with a thunderstorm is Sunday, Aug. 23, so be sure to have your camera handy in case the skies look even remotely as photo-ready as they did yesterday.

Lead photo by

JamesAnok || ThetaState


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