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Intense and heavy rain causes unbelievable flash flooding in Toronto (VIDEOS)

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Ainsley Smith Aug 08, 2018 6:09 am 7,232

The Greater Toronto Area was hit was a slow-moving storm system Tuesday night that caused widespread flash flooding and power outages in several areas of the city.

The storm, which dropped close to 100 mm of rain in some areas of Toronto in under three hours, left roughly 16,000 residents without power due to a loss of supply from Hydro One.

The loss of power combined with the flooding resulted in Toronto Police services responding to numerous emergency calls, including one incident involving two men being trapped inside a rapidly-filling elevator.

At the height of the storm, Toronto Fire Service was responding to 71 emergency calls throughout the GTA, advising the public to be very careful around flooding and around any downed power lines.

Flooding was severe in some areas as rain quickly overwhelmed drainage systems and flooded buildings and condos, roads and underpasses, which left many vehicles trapped and submerged by water.

While most of the city was safe indoors, a few brave souls who were outside managed to capture the storm in all its glory.

Here are some of the unbelievable pictures and videos of Tuesday’s intense storm shared on social media.

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Ainsley Smith
Ainsley is a Staff Writer at Daily Hive. She's a former Vancouverite turned Torontonian who is passionate about avocado toast, aesthetics, and avocado toast aesthetics. Story idea? E-mail her at [email protected]

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