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Rain soaks Ontario


Some parts of southern Ontario got more than 50 millimetres of rain
Some parts of southern Ontario got more than 50 millimetres of rain

Staff writers

June 2, 2012 — Some parts of Ontario saw between 35 and 50 mm of rain on Friday.

Friday's rainfall records
Friday's rainfall records

The heavy rains that fell on southern Ontario on Friday had eased up by Saturday morning.

Rainfall amounts of up to 45 mm along the Golden Horseshoe were expected by Saturday morning, but even by Friday evening, some areas had seen more.

Preliminary totals provided by Environment Canada showed parts of the Kitchener-Waterloo area reported amounts of around 55 mm.

London reported 39 mm and, in Hamilton, areas up on the mountain got 36 mm.

In Toronto, Pearson International Airport reported 37 mm, while Toronto Island saw 41 mm -- that's almost as much as Toronto saw all last month. 

The city only received 44.4 mm of rain in May, well below the average of 72.4 mm.

A number of rainfall records were broken in cities spanning from Buttonville Airport in Toronto all the way to Sudbury.

Toronto's Union Station saw major flooding.
Toronto's Union Station saw major flooding.

While farmers may be happy that their thirsty crops are getting some relief, Friday's rain caused Toronto's Union Station to became inundated with water during the lunch hour on Friday, leading to widespread delays and cancellations.

It also raised river and stream levels, prompting police to warn people to be wary around fast-moving watercourses. Downed power lines were also reported across the province. At one point, 15,000 people in the Toronto-area were without power. Sixty-four main power feeder lines and hundreds of secondary lines were brought down by the storm. By Saturday at noon, Toronto Hydro reported that the number had dwindled to about 1,300. 

Power outages were also reported in cottage country, with 5,000 outages reported across the region with Bracebridge, Orilla, Penetanguishene and Bancroft being the hardest-hit.

Rain persisted through the weekend, and on Sunday afternoon a special weather statement was issued for parts of eastern Ontario. A heavy band of precipitation could bring up to 60 mm of additional rainfall by the time the system tapers off Sunday night for areas like Clarence and Rockland.

Visit the Alerts section to keep on top of active weather across the country.

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