After rounds of intense rain and wind moved across Toronto on Tuesday, several neighbourhoods were left dealing with uprooted trees and flooding in the wake of the weather system.
Doug Harper, a platoon chief with Toronto Fire Services, told Global News there were more than 130 calls reporting downed trees and wires, flooding and elevator rescue calls over a two-and-a-half-hour period Tuesday afternoon.
“It has been incredibly hectic with the number of calls,” he said.
“Our call volume was exponential, which is expected with severe thunderstorms.”
Environment Canada issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Toronto, Halton, Hamilton, Niagara and Barrie Tuesday evening as part of the weather system.
Global News received reports of trees down in the Forest Hill, Summerhill and Cabbagetown neighbourhoods.
Meanwhile, severe water ponding could be seen on the southern end of Don Valley Parkway. In the Beaches neighbourhood, there were multiple reports of street flooding.
When it comes to power outages, Toronto Hydro reported isolated areas without electricity. The area bounded roughly by Sheppard Avenue West, Weston Road, Highway 401 and Highway 400 reported the most outages.
As for public transit, a spokesperson for Metrolinx (the agency responsible for GO Transit and UP Express) said buses have been able to navigate roads where flooding has been reported.
The TTC reported 506 Carlton streetcar service was briefly stopped between Coxwell Avenue and Main Street subway station after a branch fell on the overhead power lines.
At Toronto Pearson International Airport, there were reports of flight delays.
— With files from Alanna Rizza