It has been a wet summer indeed but Monday storm was out of the ordinary!
I was heading for my Hot Yoga class with a friend on Monday just as the storm was starting. The rain was coming in Biblical proportions and I was seriously considering staying home. My friend laughed off my concerns saying that we are going to get wet anyway. Well, wet we got! We walked to the studio in a gushing ankle-deep water and arrived fully soaked (even my family-sized umbrella didn’t help!). Surprisingly, the class was full 🙂 As we got to the floor series of poses the power in the studio was out – we finished our class in complete darkness and without the heat. Luckily my place had electricity but no hot water. I didn’t get it back until 2 pm Tuesday – our basement became flooded and building management shut off the hot water tank as a precaution. My friend spend the rest of her evening in a coffee shop as her place didn’t have power and she couldn’t even charge her phone.
But I can’t complain about my misadventure considering many people had it much worse. Toronto got a record-breaking 126 mm of rain onto which flooded the city within 1 hour. About 300,000 homes and business were without power, some of them are still without electricity even today.
There was no subway service and GO trains were stranded at some stations. Water was up to the lower deck windows, some passengers were rescued by the police Marine Unit by floating devices, then they were talking about getting the upper deck passengers out by Zip line… I am attaching some photos of the disaster taken by my friends:
Latest news – Environment Canada just issued another severe thunderstorm watch expected later this afternoon. Toronto, brace yourself one more time!