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Canada What you need to know as Toronto wakes up to ice storm aftermath

13:51  16 april  2018
13:51  16 april  2018 Source:   thestar.com

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The ice storm caused hundreds of collisions and flight cancellations and left almost 20,000 people without power this weekend. On Sunday afternoon, Environment Canada issued a wind warning, for winds gusting up to 100 km/h, along with a freezing rain and heavy rainfall warning.

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While the worst of the wicked weekend weather appears to be over, about 23,000 hydro customers will be waking up in the dark Monday.

After howling gusts of wind sent trees and hydro poles crashing down in equal measure as city streets were scoured with rain, as many as 44,000 hydro customers lost power overnight. Toronto Hydro reports crews worked through the night and have restored power to nearly half as of 5:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, Environment Canada is holding with a rainfall warning for the City of Toronto. The weather agency reports rain may be heavy through Monday morning, but that is expected to taper off over the course of the day. Commuters should be cautious of potentially hazardous poorly drained roads and highways. Homeowners are also encouraged to clear drainage basins for more effective water flow and to prevent potential flooding.

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The fallout of two days of freezing rain, snow and sleet continues to have other ripple effects. Here’s everything you need to know to get to work (or school, or just out of the house) in the storm’s aftermath:

Airports

Pearson airport has cancelled 100 inbound and outbound flights, with other residual delays as other delayed flights arrive.

Roads

The OPP has reported “numerous reports” of flooding on Greater Toronto Area highways.

All lanes on the Hwy 401 eastbound collector off-ramp to Avenue Rd. were closed early Monday morning due to flooding. It’s unclear when it’ll re-open to traffic.

Police have also closed the intersection of Victoria Park Ave. and Steeles Ave E., after six hydro poles were knocked over by high winds on Sunday night.

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Transit

The TTC hasn’t reported any major delays on subway or streetcar lines. However, TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said streetcars on the 512 St Clair route will be replaced with buses unless temperatures rise (as is anticipated later on Monday).

GO Transit also isn’t seeing any major delays at the moment.

Schools

All buses for York Region and York Catholic school boards have been cancelled for the day.

Most major post-secondary institutions in Toronto — including York University, Humber College, and the University of Toronto’s Mississauga campus — have said they’ll re-open on Monday.

Ryerson University said it expects to re-open Monday, but may make the decision to close by 6:15 a.m.

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