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GTA under rainfall warning; power outages continue after ice storm

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Apr 16th, 2018

A rainfall warning remains in effect across the GTA, following a weekend of ice and snow that left roads a mess and thousands of homes and business without power.

The ice storm turned into to rain overnight, and it’s expected to keep falling steadily until about noon and then continue intermittently for the rest of the day. The forecast also calls for wind gusts of up to 40 km/h.

On Sunday, ice build-up combined with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h were responsible for a number of fallen trees and broken limbs which took down power lines and caused power outages across Toronto.

As of 5:30 a.m., around 23,000 customers were still without power. At the height of the storm, Toronto Hydro said around 44,000 were without power.

The Toronto and Region and Conservation Authority also has a flood watch in effect to remind everyone to stay well back from our waterways.

Also on Sunday, the TTC was forced to shut down Line 3 (Scarborough RT) because of ice build up on the third rail. It’s uncertain at this time if the line will reopen in time for the morning commute. Shuttle buses were operating between Kennedy and McCowan stations.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said they would be storing subway trains in tunnels overnight to ensure that doors are not frozen for the start of service on Monday morning. Storm trains would be deployed throughout the night in open cut areas, spraying glycol on the third rail to keep it from freezing.

Toronto’s downtown Billy Bishop airport cancelled all departing flights and only received one arrival all day on Sunday, while more than 600 flights were cancelled at Pearson International Airport.

 

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