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article imageSpectacular thunderstorm hits Toronto Special

By Bart B. Van Bockstaele     Aug 25, 2011 in Environment
An exceptional thunderstorm hit Toronto last night. While there were strong winds and downpours, the really exceptional part was the spectacular lightning.
Yesterday, the media in Toronto were full of it. The whole day we heard warnings about severe weather, including strong winds, heavy rains, thunderstorms and possibly even a tornado.
When the evening finally came, it all turned out to be not nearly as bad as the constant whining on CP24 had suggested, even though their weatherman had indeed warned that there was no need to panic. It turned out that he was right. This certainly wasn’t Noah’s flood, and I didn’t even see a single narwhal or pink flamingo swimming along Yonge Street.
However, while the evening advanced, the sky became more and more gloomy and from around 8:30 P.M. onwards, the thunderstorm grew in strength. It became clear that this was indeed an exceptional event. The rain was relatively heavy at times, there was some strong wind, but above all, there was lightning so spectacular that I just had to go outside and try to take a few pictures.
Although this thunderstorm lasted longer than a typical summer storm, by 11:30 p.m. it was essentially all over. The rain had stopped, and the vast majority of lightning bolts were no longer visible from downtown. Toronto has survived. Not everyone was so lucky though. More information can be found in this CBC article.
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