We don’t have to tell you that a massive surge of rain took Toronto by storm last night, wreaking havoc on many parts of the city.
Intense flooding was reported everywhere from Scotiabank Arena and Union Station in the south to several west and north end streets, resulting in multiple road closures and power outages. Parts of the TTC were shut down. Two men were even trapped in a flooded elevator with only one-foot left of airspace.
It was indeed an intense one. In fact, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Geoff Coulson, some parts of the city – most notably in Toronto’s south end – experienced more rain last night in just a few hours than they did in the entire month of July.
Union Station has puddles but otherwise good this morning. Rain continues though. Please be careful & take your time pic.twitter.com/wJoJGuaS6H
— Anne Marie Aikins (@femwriter) August 8, 2018
Coulson told Daily Hive that the amount of rain varied significantly throughout the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and began as an intense storm cell south of Vaughn that intensified into Toronto. Toronto Pearson International Airport experienced 6 mm of rain, he says, while Buttonville Airport received just 2 mm.
But parts of Toronto, especially the city’s southwest end, were hit much harder. At Billy Bishop Airport, 77 mm of rain was reported. That is more rain that fell in the entire month of July at Billy Bishop Airport (56 mmm) and at Pearson Airport (64 mm).
— Mairlyn Smith (@MairlynSmith) July 27, 2016
It looks like the rain won’t go away in the immediate future; Environment Canada is showing thunderstorm clouds and calling for a chance of showers both today and tomorrow.