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Current Event Cat of the Day: Toronto Rainstorm

Current EVent Cat - Toronto Rainstorm

Not to be outdone by the Calgary floods, a heavy rainstorm in Toronto has left 300,000 people without power and flooded parts of city.

Canadians love talking about the weather but when it comes to extreme weather many cities seem unable to function. Toronto and its surrounding suburbs experienced some extreme weather on Monday and a bit into Tuesday as riverbanks spilled over onto roadways creating delays for commuters. The rainstorm also brought high winds that knocked out power to some areas, leaving about 300,000 without electricity overnight.

Heavy rainfall had been predicted but Torontonians got more than expected with 126 millimeters falling across Toronto — most of which fell during the evening commute. The amount of rainfall on Monday was more than a month’s average and also topped Hurricane Hazel’s one day rainfall total in 1954.

The rainstorm flooded some major roads and subway stations, causing traffic chaos in a city that already has traffic chaos on a regular basis. Hundreds of passengers were stranded for several hours on a flooded commuter train and had to be evacuated on small inflatable police boats.

“It’s unbelievable, water was pouring down the stairs in the subway station and then the lights went out, it was really scary. When we got outside, you could see parked cars surrounded in water up to their windows,” said a TTC rider who was trying to get home from work from Mississauga.

Rainstorm2Porter Airlines cancelled all Monday’s flights to and from Toronto due to the rough weather and Pearson airport cancelled some as well.

But not to worry: Mayor Crackhead is on the job! Toronto Mayor Rob Ford told CBC Radio that, “it’s all hands on deck. We’ve got everything covered. We’re doing the best we can.”

“We’ve brought in crews, we’ve brought in everybody to deal with the storm.”

Mayor Ford urged Torontonians to follow his example and stay inside Monday night. Another helpful mayoral tip: to keep his kids cool, Ford loaded the family into his SUV during the blackout. Weird.

Via: CBC News

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