Police reported a floating car, a person paddling on a highway and a fire in an electrical line after a sudden downpour that soaked Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.
Parts of the city were still recovering Wednesday evening from several failed power lines and severe flooding.
The Toronto and Area Conservation Authority has been monitoring floods caused by severe thunderstorms. Shortly after 4 p.m., the agency said that in less than half an hour, about 65 millimeters of rain fell on the city of Toronto, highway 400, highway 401, the area of Black Creek and some heavy rain in North York.
“Parts of Toronto received more rain this afternoon than in June and early July,” TRCA tweeted.
Just before 6 p.m., Toronto Hydro said teams are making progress in restoring electricity across the city. Ongoing outages have always occurred in the city’s pockets throughout the evening.
“Crews focus first on safety emergencies, including fallen wires and trees on the wires,” Toronto Hydro tweeted.
Environment Canada had briefly warned against monitoring for tornadoes in effect before switching to storm monitoring at approximately 2:40 p.m. Storm monitoring ended at approximately 3:40 p.m.
A fire caused by felled trees and electric wires started in the area of Bethnal Avenue and Ballacaine Drive in Etobicoke around 4:30 p.m. No one was injured, police said.
An hour earlier, police reported that in the Black Creek area, water had broken the banks in several places and that flooding was expected in the area of Weston Road and Humber Boulevard in the next half hour. Police said townhouses in the area may have to be evacuated.
Earlier, police reported serious floods that blocked cars in the city and broke banks in the Black Creek area. Severe flooding was spotted around Jane Street and Chalkfarm Drive, where cars were allegedly flooded and blocked.
Around Keele Street and Lawrence Avenue, police reported a floating car and a person paddling a canoe along a road.
The sudden downpour occurs after an extraordinarily dry period, and six consecutive days of temperatures soaring above 30 ° C
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