June 14, 2018 5:29 am
Updated: June 14, 2018 10:14 am

Around 1,900 customers still without power after short, intense storm in Toronto: hydro

WATCH: Downed power poles and fallen trees were some of the hurdles Torontonians were faced with after a storm wreaked havoc throughout much of central and southern Ontario Wednesday. Kamil Karamali reports.


City crews are continuing the cleanup process after a fast and furious storm system blew through Toronto Wednesday afternoon.

Heavy rain and winds started around 4:30 p.m., bringing down trees and causing ponding on local streets before its conclusion only 30 minutes later.

READ MORE: Short, intense storm causes power outages and property damage across Toronto

As of 11 a.m. Thursday, Toronto Hydro said around 1,900 customers were still without power. It isn’t clear when power will be restored.

Approximately 9,000 customers in areas scattered throughout the city were without power as of 10 p.m. on Wednesday.

A Hydro One spokesperson told Global News more than 46,000 of its customers lost power as of late Wednesday afternoon. The hardest hit areas are in central Ontario.

READ MORE: Severe thunderstorm watch in effect for much of southern Ontario amid rising temperatures

Police and paramedics were called to the Avenue Road and Edmund Avenue area after a hydro pole fell on a vehicle. The occupants were later pulled out of the vehicle without injuries.

At the Toronto Eaton Centre, people posted images of water pouring into the mall.

A spokeswoman for mall operator Cadillac Fairview said a water leak, believed to have been caused by the rain, started on the third level of the shopping centre at about 4:30 p.m. and flowed down to the lower levels.

With files from Nick Westoll

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