Calgary is just starting to dry out from its worst flooding in decades, and now it looks like it's Toronto's turn under nature's all-powerful tap.
What's basically a waterfall pouring out of swollen storm clouds has mired parts of the city in several feet of dirty water. As of 8:03 p.m. EDT, Canada's weather agency had Toronto under a severe-thunderstorm warning for "torrential downpours that have been producing significant flash flooding in the regions." Almost 4 inches of rain is forecast to fall on the city by the time these sluggish storms mosey along tonight, and it's all flowing toward low-lying areas and causing commuter migraines like this:
And to a lesser degree, this:
Dogs seem to be digging it, though:
Flash floods and the resulting power outages have shut down sections of the subway system and caused mass cancellations and delays at airports. A U.S. satellite operated by NASA/NOAA snapped this image of the low-pressure system swirling over the region Monday night:
And a lightning map produced by the Canadian government peers inside those clouds, showing plenty of strikes in the country and a lot around Toronto:
Here's what the locals are saying:
94mm of rain at Toronto Pearson Int'l Airport. That makes it the 4th wettest day in history! #onstorm— Rob Davis (@RobDavis_Wx) July 8, 2013