Severe summer thunderstorm brings flooding to parts of Toronto

Jun 30 2021, 7:15 am

Toronto got a double dose of summer weather Tuesday afternoon, with heavy rain followed by a booming thunderstorm that caused flooding and other damage around the city.

At one point, Toronto was under a severe thunderstorm warning, a rainfall warning, and a heat warning. Environment Canada ended its warnings and its thunderstorm watch by 11 pm.

The clouds first rolled in Tuesday afternoon, painting an ominous picture against the Toronto skyline.

Lightning struck the CN tower, which some downtown residents captured on video.

The thunder was also pretty loud, as captured by this worker at an Oakville site.

In The Beaches, the rain brought localized flooding to some streets making it hard for drivers to navigate the huge puddles.

 

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Flooding also occurred near Mount Pleasant and Eglinton due to clogged drains, according to one local resident.

Just outside of Toronto, residents in Kitchener-Waterloo shared photos of huge trees that came down during the storm.

 

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The City of Toronto is reminding residents to call 311 if they see downed trees, branches, or power lines. Downed power lines should never be touched, as there may still be electricity running through them.

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