Heavy rains have led to local flooding, public transit delays and power outages across Toronto, as a series of storms slowly move through the city.
The storms moved into Toronto just ahead of the supper hour Monday, bringing heaping amounts of rain with them.
Some Torontonians were more prepared than others, if they had either an umbrella or a poncho handy to shield themselves from the heavy rain. Others sought shelter where they could as they waited out the weather.
- Toronto's flash flooding slows evening commutes
Environment Canada has put Toronto under a severe thunderstorm warning due to a "cluster" of storms that are making their way towards the city from the Brampton and Mississauga areas.
"Total rainfall amounts over 90 mm have been reported in some locations thus far, and will likely exceed 100 mm before the rainfall tapers off later this evening," said a weather warning from Environment Canada.
Transit delays, power outages
Toronto Hydro initially advised that the rain could lead to local outages, later reporting that some 6,000 customers were without power.
The TTC advised riders shortly after 6 p.m. that all subway service would be holding due to signal and flooding issues. It later said that "severe delays" were occurring on all of its routes and passengers should expect their journeys to take much longer than normal.
The Scarborough Rapid Transit Line is still operating as are most streetcars.
For people standing on the street waiting for buses, a number of passengers were left watching as fully packed buses drove by without any room to take them aboard.
The rain was also causing problems for GO Transit passengers, including delays and a few cancellations on the Milton, Kitchener, Barrie, Richmond Hill and Lakeshore East lines. Many GO buses were delayed by half an hour or longer as a result of the weather.
Toronto police were urging the public to be careful on the roads when driving home as many traffic signals were not operating:
From police headquarters, the duty desk tweeted a long list of areas where flooding and other rain-related issues were being reported. They included:
- Underpasses, including those near Wilson Avenue and Highway 401, where large puddles were accumulating
- The southbound lanes of the Don Valley Parkway, where flooding had been occurring south of Pottery Road
- A tree fell on a car near Mount Pleasant Road and St. Leonard's Avenue, bringing down power lines with it
- The Don Valley Parkway and Dundas Avenue area were seeing some flooding
- The ferry running to Toronto's island airport was down as a result of a power outage
- A section of Trethewey Drive flooded, just east of Black Creek Drive
Toronto City Hall was evacuated on Monday evening and some flooding was occurring in its parking lot.
On Twitter, Mayor Rob Ford urged Torontonians to be careful, to report flooding and to avoid flooded areas.
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