Wild weather downs trees, wires across Toronto

City emergency crews were kept busy Wednesday afternoon after a strong storm swept across the Greater Toronto Area.

A storm cell sprang to life just west of Brampton a little after 3:30 p.m., ahead of a fast-moving cold front that moved across southern Ontario — bringing torrential rain and strong winds.

The storm crossed into Toronto a little before 4:15 p.m., downing trees and powerlines in several city neighbourhoods.

Streets in the Beaches, Summerhill and the southern portions of York were especially hard hit, with a number of homes and vehicles sustaining varying degrees of damage by falling tree limbs.

A tree and snapped hydro pole lays across cars along Avenue Rd. near St. Clair after a storm on Wednesday, June 13 2018. (Ernest Doroszuk/Toronto Sun)

Live wires downed by the storm sparked fires and trapped some in homes and vehicles, as well as plunging over 16,000 Toronto Hydro customers into darkness.

Traffic lights at intersections across the city were also impacted, snarling traffic in many areas.

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Water erupted from rain-choked storm sewers downtown, and shoppers at the Eaton Centre reported on social media that rain was pouring through the shopping centre’s glass ceiling, pooling on the floor.

An elderly woman had to be rescued from a home on Robina Ave. near Vaughan Road after a large tree fell on several homes, damaging them.

Fire crews were dealing with as many as 62 storm-related calls across the city.

No serious injuries were reported.

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Source:: Toronto Sun – Movies