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article imageMassive flooding leaves 300,000 without power in Toronto Special

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By Karen Cleveland     Jul 8, 2013 in World
Toronto - The Greater Toronto Area was pounded with record rainfall today, resulting in power outages as well as road and transit closures.
Toronto ground to a sopping wet halt during rush hour on Monday evening, as the city was battered with record rainfall.
"Toronto Pearson has seen 106 mm of rain between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.," says Dayna Vettese, a meteorologist at The Weather Network”, obliterating the previous record of 29.2 mm set in 2008.
According to Toronto Hydro, an estimated 300,000 were left without power. Toronto’s subway system and GO trains were underwater, leaving thousands stranded in the city with no way to get home.
Monday  July 8  2013 — Heavy afternoon rain and a severe thunderstorm created nightmares for commu...
Monday, July 8, 2013 — Heavy afternoon rain and a severe thunderstorm created nightmares for commuters across the Greater Toronto Area
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The silver lining to these relentless rainclouds? Toronto's residents showcased some considerable kindness.
Several hotels, including the Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto InterContinental and the Trump Hotel confirmed that they were swift to offer discounted rates for those left high and dry (or rather, soaked) in the city.
For a metropolis whose citizens prize their personal space, cabs and umbrellas were shared with strangers with reckless abandon. Twitter was abuzz with anecdotes of residents opening up their cars to drenched strangers as well as offering shelter, provisions and spaces to dry off and charge electronics.
Monday  July 8  2013 — Heavy afternoon rain and a severe thunderstorm created nightmares for commu...
Monday, July 8, 2013 — Heavy afternoon rain and a severe thunderstorm created nightmares for commuters across the Greater Toronto Area
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