8 Jun 2011

Thousands of Toronto area residents without power after quick-moving storm strikes

People who were up in the early morning hours on June 7 had a sight to behold, as much of the Greater Toronto Area was hit with thunder and lightning that left 20,000 residents in the dark.

According to the National Post, Environment Canada issued a severe storm watch around 1 a.m., but soon thereafter it became a warning, as much of the storm activity took place between 4:30 and 6 a.m. The paper reports the warning was lifted around 7 a.m.

CBC News meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe told the news service that the weather front quickly moved to the south of the city.

While there were no reports of injuries, fire officials say there were at least three fires in the GTA.

Forecasters say it could be an active year for storms, particularly hurricanes. Before residents take furniture and patio items out of their storage units for the summer, they may want to check the weather forecast, as these items are vulnerable to storm damage.

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