Toronto area due for more rain as region dries out from Monday's flooding

TORONTO – More rain was bearing down on the Toronto area early today as the region was still mopping up from a torrential downpour on Monday evening.

However, the risk of a similar drenching diminished early today when a special weather statement that warned of the possibility of “torrential downpours and damaging winds” was lifted.

The Environment Canada statement that covered the Windsor area north to Sarnia and east through Parry Sound-Muskoka, Hamilton, Niagara and Toronto has now been cancelled.

The new weather system was pushing in from the U.S. as the Toronto region continues to recover from severe flooding caused by record-setting rainfall.

The storm caused widespread power outages and Toronto Hydro said early today that approximately 16,000 customers remained without electricity.

The blackouts were primarily in the city’s west end and the utility said it “may be necessary” to resume rotating outages in the morning to prevent overloading.

Toronto’s westernmost subway station (Kipling) remains closed this morning due to effects of the flooding and shuttle buses are being used to transport commuters.

Pearson International Airport recorded 126 millimetres of rain on Monday, breaking the city’s single-day rainfall record set on Oct. 15, 1954, when hurricane Hazel dumped 121 millimetres of rain.< “It is really, probably the most intense, wettest moment in Toronto’s history,” Environment Canada senior climatologist David Philips told The Canadian Press.< “It’s almost like Toronto was a target with a bull's-eye,” he said.