Extensive damage has been reported after a cluster of severe thunderstorms brought heavy winds and torrential rain to parts of the city’s west end on Saturday evening.
Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the City of Toronto just after 6 p.m., warning of nickel-sized hail and winds that could gust up to 90 km/h. The warning was then lifted at 8:17 p.m. after the storms moved south over Lake Ontario.
Toronto Hydro says that there were approximately 20,000 customers without power at one point, however that number is now down to about 13,000.
They say that there is currently no timeline for the full the full restoration of power given the sheer numbers of outages.
Meanwhile, Toronto Fire says that it is currently responding to numerous calls for weather-related damage as a result of the storms with most of those calls concentrated in Etobicoke.
They say that they have so far received about a dozen calls for downed power lines and uprooted trees, as well as a report for a hydro pole that appears to have been struck by lightning in a residential neighbourhood near Royal York Road and Bloor Street.
West of the city Peel Regional Police say that severe weather is also causing some flooding on area roadways.
“If roadways look as though there’s water covering them, it is recommended that you do not attempt to travel through as your vehicle may become stuck,” they said in a message posted to Twitter on Saturday night.
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