Southern Ontario Ice Storm Knocks Out Power, Causes Collisions

Southern Ontario Ice Storm Knocks Out Power, Causes Collisions
Region braces for flooding after weekend ice storm
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.

Environment Canada issued weather warnings for the entirety of the region for the second day in a row, advising that strong winds could exacerbate already dangerous conditions.

Region braces for flooding after weekend ice storm

Torontos downtown Billy Bishop airport cancelled all departing flights and received only one arrival all day on Sunday, while more than 600 flights were cancelled at the larger Pearson International Airport. Dozens of flights were also cancelled or delayed at Ottawa 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

Cole Burston/Canadian Press Stefan Randstrom clears ice from his sidewalk in Toronto as a mix of snow, hail, and rain fall on April 15. 2018.

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

Meantime, provincial power utility Hydro One said Sunday afternoon that extra crews were working to address more than 42,000 power outages, with fallen trees and broken poles causing most of the issues. Toronto Hydro said approximately 10,800 of its customers were without power across the city Sunday evening.

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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The mixture of freezing rain and ice pellets also made for nasty road conditions, particularly in the Greater Toronto Area.

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

Ontario Provincial Police have said there were more than 550 crashes on highways surrounding Toronto on Saturday — none of them fatal — and that there had been dozens more early Sunday.

As we look ahead, localized flooding is a major concern with this storm as some areas could see up to 60 mm of rain through Monday. Water continues to inundate several places along the shores of Lake Erie and Lake Ontario.

Sydney Milgrom/CrowdSpark via CP First responders work at the scene of a car accident on Highway 404 by Woodbine during an ice storm on April 14, 2018.

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

“These ice pellets have acted like very dense snow on the road,” said Chris Scott, chief meteorologist with The Weather Network. “Thats created treacherous driving conditions across much of southern Ontario, but especially in the GTA.”

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Provincial police said there were roughly 750 crashes on highways surrounding Toronto on Saturday, and there had been nearly 700 more by early Sunday afternoon. None of the crashes were fatal.

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

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.

Cole Burston/Canadian Press A man skis past houses on the edge of Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto as a mix of snow, hail, and rain fall on April 15. 2018.

Video: Freezing rain causes crashes, cancellations around Toronto

Multiple universities had to cancel their weekend exams because of the dangerous conditions, which caused problems for students such as Jamie Nicholson.

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

The food science student at Guelph University added that the situation caused headaches because the exams would take place next weekend, when some students like himself already had plans.

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“Some people have it a lot worse though, because they booked flights out of the country or back home,” he said.

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Nicholson said the situation was also tough because he was told that special accommodations like extra time wouldnt be provided for the re-scheduled exams.

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.
Region braces for flooding after weekend ice storm
Region braces for flooding after weekend ice storm

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“That was an issue for me, because I get special accommodations,” he said, adding that in his case, his professor was able to accommodate him, but not all students he knows were able to find a solution.

Frank Gunn/THE CANADIAN PRESS Ice from freezing rain starts to form on a railing in Toronto on Saturday.

“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.”

Other local events, such as outdoor viewing parties for the Toronto Raptors and Maple Leafs, also had to be cancelled on Saturday because of the freezing rain.

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

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Scott said areas near Lake Erie were hit with the most precipitation, while the region around St. Thomas, Ont., had the most power outages.

“Its rare to get such a winter storm this late in the season,” said Scott, noting that southern Ontario hasnt seen such an intense ice storm in April in over a decade.

Freezing rain warning
Freezing rain warning

#HWY400 Mess with Freezing Rain #onstorm #ONHwys #FreezingRain #Barrie #kingcity @Innisfil_FIRE pic.twitter.com/DV2b1Spjty

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

The changing weather prompted the city of Mississauga and the Toronto and Area Conservation Authority to issue flood warnings around lakes and rivers.

More than 50,000 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.

Provincial police in southwestern Ontario also urged drivers to take caution and stay home on Sunday, as heavy rain could make the roads unsafe.

“It’s rare to get such a winter storm this late in the season,” said Scott, noting that southern Ontario hasn’t seen such an intense ice storm in April in over a decade.
Flooding Risk: Months worth of rain ahead for some in Ont.
Flooding Risk: Months worth of rain ahead for some in Ont.

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.

It is difficult to determine the extent of flooding possible, so TRCA advises the public to stay alert to changing conditions, read a statement on the organizations website.

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

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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.

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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.

“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

Environment Canada says a period of freezing rain is possible across the Island beginning Tuesday morning

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. 

Southern Ontario hit by more freezing rain and ice pellets

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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