I thought that I had already had my share of weather-related new experiences in Canada; however, monday’s storm proved you never stop learning. Heavy rain caused severe flooding in the GTA during rush hour. I live in Oakville and we didn’t have power for a few hours. Toronto Hydro said that at one point, approximately 300,000 people were without power in the city. In Mississauga the numbers were even higher as 80% of its 700,000 residents were without power.
Subway and train services were disrupted. The worst was a flooded train where over 1000 people had to be rescued. The passengers on the train were stranded for over 6 hours. There were also subway trains that were trapped in tunnels.
By Tuesday things were slowly going back to normal. There were still train delays and rotating power outages. It took me 1.5 hours (by train and bus) to get to the Hamilton Go Station from Appleby Station in Burlington, a ride that usually takes 40 minutes at the most.
In Campeche, Mexico we are used to heavy rain and flooding. People avoid going outside when it rains a lot. Monday made me feel like I was back in Mexico. Here are some pictures of the storm chaos.