Severe thunderstorm watch ends for Toronto

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A severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain briefly to Toronto on Tuesday evening. (Yanjun Li/CBC - image credit)
A severe thunderstorm brought heavy rain briefly to Toronto on Tuesday evening. (Yanjun Li/CBC - image credit)

Toronto remained under a severe thunderstorm watch late Tuesday night hours after a storm rolled through the city and left about 1,700 customers briefly without electricity in Etobicoke. Power has been restored.

According to the watch, issued by Environment Canada shortly after 10 p.m., conditions were favourable for development of severe thunderstorms.

Environment Canada had issued a severe thunderstorm warning at 10:45 p.m., the second one of the day, but lifted it at about 11:15 p.m.

Earlier on Tuesday, Toronto Hydro had said customers were in the dark in one area of Etobicoke for about an hour due to a tree that had fallen on some wires. Crews restored power there by 9 p.m.

The city-owned utility said the affected area was in and around Dundas Street West south to the Queensway and Islington Avenue east to Prince Edward Drive South.

Kate Womby Browne, spokesperson for Toronto Hydro, said there were smaller outages in the west and north ends of the city due to the storm on Tuesday evening, but power was mostly back on in those areas as well.

Earlier, the federal weather agency had urged local residents to be on the lookout for "adverse weather conditions" and to take necessary safety precautions.

Areas affected by the first storm included Pickering, Oshawa, Downtown Toronto, Uxbridge, Ajax, Port Perry, Whitby, Bowmanville, Scarborough, Sunderland, Mount Zion, Cannington, Brooklin, Scugog, Darlington Provincial Park, Janetville, Orono, Newcastle, Toronto Islands and The Beach.

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