Monday, July 08, 2013
Major flooding in Toronto
A series of strong thunderstorms have produced major flash flooding in Toronto and across the GTA. Thousands of motorists are stranded on flooded highways and nearly 300,000 hydro customers are without power. In a matter of hours a record 90 to 100mm (4 inches) of rain has fallen across the city with more falling now as another batch of thunderstorms crosses the area. Firefighters are rescuing stranded drivers on flooded highways as well as several hundred stuck on a GO Train. Transit service has all but stopped creating havoc for the evening commute. Heavy rain was reported between 5 and 7pm at Pearson with a record 94mm measured. That usually falls in an average month of July, not 2 hours! Pearson Airport has numerous flight delays and cancellations. Planes are being diverted to Ottawa at this time. Flight delays are spreading to other cities including Montreal.