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Extensive flooding across Toronto after powerful storm paralyzed traffic

Heavy rain caused extensive flooding across Toronto and a widespread power outage in North York on Tuesday night.

The powerful storm paralyzed traffic across the city. Toronto Fire Chief Matthew Pegg said they responded to several incidents of flooding across the city. Many roads in Toronto were underwater. Some vehicles completely submerged. Basements were flooded in the Keele Street and Wilson Avenue area. Across the city, multiple cars were trapped in floodwater, with many occupants having to be extracted from vehicles. The area of Jane Street and Wilson Avenue was also closed to traffic. The marine unit was also called after four vehicles became stuck with occupants still in the cars at Lower Simcoe Street and Bremner Boulevard.

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“The heaviest showers were over the west end of Toronto and near Pearson International Airport,” the weather agency said. Wednesday morning there was no subway service between Finch West and Wilson stations due to flooding. Several road closures occurred. A power outage affected around 16,000 customers in North York but it was restored just before midnight. By Wednesday morning, Toronto Hydro reported they were still working on outage repairs caused by flooding in the areas of Queen St. East, Gerrard St. East and the Don River. Twitter users posted videos and photos showing streets that look more like rivers.

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