Thunderstorms, strong winds down trees cause power outages in GTA

Heavy thunderstorms swept across the west end of the Greater Toronto area to Hamilton on Thursday night, triggering extensive weather clocks and warnings.

Driven by a cold front along with high heat and humidity, the storms produced pea-sized hail and heavy rainfall that led to local flooding in some areas.

Environment Canada said about 60 millimeters of rain fell in less than an hour.

Strong gusts of wind in Etobicoke also led to damage, including several felled trees, which in turn led to power outages.

A large tree is seen falling over and damaging a fence and power lines after a storm in Etobicoke on August 26, 2021. CITYNEWS / Cristina Vanelli

Toronto Hydro said several homes and businesses were in the dark at the height of the storm and they are working to restore power.

They added that the damage from the storm will require complex and lengthy repairs, meaning those affected will not have power until at least Friday morning – especially those in and around the borders of Evans Road, Lakeshore, Browns Line and Etobicoke Creek.

“Make sure our crews work as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to the remaining customers,” they said on Twitter.

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