Ice storm ravages southern Ontario, over 40000 left without power

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 3:50 PM – A powerful Colorado low continues to deliver strong winds, ice pellets, freezing rain and heavy rain across southern Ontario, leaving tens of thousands without power. As of 3:30 p.m. local time Sunday, nearly 47,000 Hydro One customers were without power. Meanwhile, more than 700 crashes in the Greater Toronto Area have been reported since the storm began, according to Ontario Provincial Police Sgt. Kerry Schmidt.

Torontos Pearson International Airport is urging passengers to check the status of their flights and to arrive early. Over 300 flights have been cancelled, with Sundays deteriorating conditions leading to many delays and cancellations at Billy Bishop Airport.

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At least one man was sent to hospital with serious injuries on Saturday after a large commercial sign mounted to the ground crashed down on top of him in downtown Hamilton, the CBC reports. An investigation was underway, police told the news agency.

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Freezing rain likely to make Monday morning commute a messy one

Localized flooding is also a major concern with this storm as some areas could see up to 60 mm of rain. Water continues to inundate several places including Erieau, Ont., a small village located along the shores of Lake Erie.

TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said they would be storing subway trains in tunnels overnight to ensure that doors are not frozen for the start of service on Monday morning. Storm trains would be deployed throughout the night in open cut areas, spraying glycol on the third rail to keep it from freezing.

As a result of the forecasted rainfall totals, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) issued a flood watch Saturday.

More than 1/3 of the total @Toronto_Fire trucks and crews are engaged in emergency incidents across the City. 40 concurrent incidents at present. Remain alert and vigilant. Call 9-1-1 if you encounter a hazardous situation. Stay 10+ metres away from downed wires. pic.twitter.com/ntyiPRRld7

“Due to high soil moisture content in the region and the forecasted rainfall amount, all rivers within the GTA will be experiencing higher flows and water levels, resulting in potential flooding and hazardous conditions,” a TRCA statement reads.

The TTC was forced to shut down Line 3 (Scarborough RT) because of ice build up on the third rail. It’s uncertain at this time if the line will reopen in time for the morning commute. Shuttle buses were operating between Kennedy and McCowan stations.

Jackknife transport truck into the ditch #hwy427 SB North of Finch Ave lanes blocked. #ONStorm #DriveSafe #TrafficAlert #trucks #collision #Hwy401 #onstorm #trucking #Toronto #freezingrain pic.twitter.com/jTcNheBFK7

Due to severe weather conditions, we've received multiple trees-down & wires-down calls across the city. Approx. 10,800 customer are w/out power. Crews are responding as quickly & safely as possible.

The #icestorm2018 howls through Toronto this weekend. #torontoweather, #icestorm pic.twitter.com/R5cVGLpWQx

“These ice pellets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” he said. “That’s created treacherous driving conditions across much of southern Ontario, but especially in the GTA.”

Round 2 of storm hits southern Ontario

#Icestorm damage five doors down from us on Victoria Street. Neighbours are OK; car, not so much. #LondonON #icestorm2018 pic.twitter.com/kAg5u1PMFp

As of 8 p.m. Sunday night, Toronto Hydro said almost 11,000 customers were without power and Toronto Fire said more than one-third of the total fire trucks and crews in the city were engaged in emergency calls.

Measured 10 cm of ice pellets around 1 PM Kitchener Stanley Park. I hacked through this ice pellet concrete layer 10 times on my front lawn to ensure measurement was representative. #onstorm #onwx pic.twitter.com/7wK5XnAcAv

On Church St. in #StoneyCreek tonight @alectranews was on scene to deal with power issues following the flooding. Check out the wild waves at the end of this video. Wow. @CHCHNews pic.twitter.com/BzLOqEN8lk

City turns to salt trucks instead of plows to prevent real flooding problem after ice storm

Did you see this video… friend sent it to me #onstorm car into the house. #TORONTO pic.twitter.com/cEvfqeFvhL

TORONTO — More than 40,000 people were without power and one busy Toronto airport had to shut down on Sunday as southern and central Ontario were battered by another day of freezing rain and ice pellets.

History repeats itself.  My son and I today, Dad and me 35 years ago to the day.  #kare11weather pic.twitter.com/bxkoDQU914

Torontos downtown Billy Bishop airport cancelled all departing flights and only received one arrival all day on Sunday, while more than 600 flights were cancelled at Pearson International Airport.

Photos out of #Erieau this morning are incredible. Both Lake Erie & #Rondeau Bay are flooding into the village. All this heavy rain is only making it worse. Ive never seen it like this before. Bonus points to the kids fishing in their front yard! #ckont #ONStorm pic.twitter.com/3aTT3IMHjV

Ontario Provincial Police said there were roughly 750 crashes on highways surrounding Toronto on Saturday, and there had been around 700 more by Sunday evening. None of the crashes were fatal.

Storm stretches from northern Ontario all the way down to the Yucatan peninsula. About 3400 km OR more than HALF of Earth's radius (6371 km). #ONstorm #IceStorm2018 pic.twitter.com/jzbus95Yrj

Sunday, April 15, 2018, 6:08 PM – On top of the wintry precipitation residents in southern Ontario were slammed with this past weekend, forecasters are now watching for the risk of severe flooding in parts of the region as heavy rain is expected through Monday. Areas along the shores of Lake Erie have already been inundated with water, including Windsor-Essex and the village of Erieau. Officials are warning drivers to stay off the roads unless absolutely necessary as heavy rain has already washed out roads.

“These ice pellets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” he said. “Thats created treacherous driving conditions across much of southern Ontario, but especially in the GTA.”

Photos out of #Erieau this morning are incredible. Both Lake Erie & #Rondeau Bay are flooding into the village. All this heavy rain is only making it worse. Ive never seen it like this before. Bonus points to the kids fishing in their front yard! #ckont #ONStorm pic.twitter.com/3aTT3IMHjV

A flood warning has been issued on behalf of the Essex Region Conservation Authority (ERCA) and will remain in place until 9 a.m. Monday.

In addition to the threat for flooding, officials are also warning of the possibility for shoreline erosion and damaging waves along portions of the Lake Erie and Lake St. Clair shorelines.

Wind warnings were also issued, with gusts up to 90 kilometres per hour forecast for the Hamilton area — strong enough to cause property damage and further power outages.

“The potential areas most significantly impacted along the Lake Erie shoreline are the southeast shoreline of the Municipality of Leamington between Wheatley Harbour and the tip Point Pelee and the north and east sides of Pelee Island,” a ERCA news release issued Friday reads. “The potential areas most significantly impacted along the shoreline of Lake St. Clair are the western portions of the Town of Lakeshore, the Town of Tecumseh and the eastern portions of the City of Windsor.”

There are reports from residents living in the Kingsville area that the Ontario Provincial Police have closed access to Cedar Island, and have started a voluntary evacuation.

Police have shut down access to Cedar Island and started a voluntary evacuation. pic.twitter.com/K4enJ8n3pN

Lake Ontario water levels are also rising, with some residents reporting homes have been evacuated in Stoney Creek as water continues to spill over the break wall.

Environment Canada has issued a gale warning for both Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, with waves between 3-5 metres expected into Monday. Rainfall and wind warnings also stretch across southern Ontario. 

Nasty along the shores of Lake Ontario in Etobicoke Ive been out in some pretty nasty weather to catch and share natures wrathToday was one of the worst yet pic.twitter.com/64EJLhgVDu

Rainfall warnings are in place across Southern Ontario. Heres how you can prevent flooding today ! #Toronto #Hamilton #Mississauga #Onstorm @weathernetwork pic.twitter.com/B0ESLVhqnx

“Billy Bishop airport has reported easterly wind gusts up to 95 km/h and winds of this magnitude are expected to persist periodically through the evening hours,” the weather agency said in a wind warning for Toronto Sunday evening. 

For a look at road conditions in southern Ontario and a full list of road closures, see 511 Ontarios interactive map.

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