Cold front in­ten­si­fied On­tario storm

The Western Star - - CANADA -

TORONTO — En­vi­ron­ment Canada says a storm that top­pled trees and downed power lines across south­ern On­tario on Wednesday be­came more pow­er­ful than ex­pected be­cause of the time of day at which it oc­curred and the con­di­tions that pre­vailed at the time.

Se­nior Cli­ma­tol­o­gist David Phillips says the storm would likely have passed with much less no­tice if the cold front that caused it had struck ear­lier in the day, when tem­per­a­tures and hu­mid­ity lev­els were lower.

But when the cold front passed over the south­ern part of the prov­ince dur­ing the mid to late af­ter­noon, Phillips says it en­coun­tered warm, moist air that gave the storm an ad­di­tional boost. En­vi­ron­ment Canada re­ceived re­ports of up­rooted or dam­aged trees around Lake Erie, in pock­ets through­out the Greater Toronto Area and in Al­go­nquin Park.

Lo­cal bands of hail and heavy rain caused flood­ing in some cases, in­clud­ing Toronto’s land­mark Ea­ton Cen­tre, where wa­ter gushed from the roof into the mall.

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