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GTA under rainfall warning; power outages continue after ice storm

Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 at 1:02 pm EDT

Strong winds knocked down a 100-year-old tree on Eastborne Crescent and Symons Street in Mimico on April 16, 2018. CITYNEWS/Nitish Bissonauth

A rainfall warning remains in effect across the GTA, following a weekend of ice and snow that left roads a mess and thousands of homes and business without power.

Due to the storm’s aftermath on Monday, school buses were cancelled in the GTA, including Toronto, and public and Catholic schools were closed in Brampton, Mississauga, and Halton Region.

The CN Tower is also closed due to “extreme weather.”

The ice storm turned into to rain overnight, and it’s expected to keep falling steadily until about noon and then continue intermittently for the rest of the day. The forecast also calls for wind gusts of up to 40 km/h.

On Sunday, ice buildup combined with wind gusts of up to 90 km/h were responsible for a number of fallen trees and broken limbs, which took down power lines and caused power outages across Toronto.

As of 11:30 a.m. on Monday, around 8,400 customers were still without power. At the height of the storm, Toronto Hydro said around 44,000 were without power. Outside of the city, Hydro One said it is working to restore power 66,000 customers.

The Toronto and Region and Conservation Authority also has a flood watch in effect to remind everyone to stay well back from the waterways.

The aftermath of the ice storm also caused transit headaches for TTC riders who use Line 2 (Bloor-Danforth) and Line 3 (Scarborough RT). On Sunday, the TTC was forced to shut down Line 3 because of ice build up on the third rail. Service resumed just before 7:30 a.m. on Monday.

Ahead of the Monday morning commute, the TTC also suspended subway service on Line 2 between Victoria Park and Kennedy stations because of hydro issues at Warden Station. Just after 7 a.m., TTC spokesman Brad Ross tweeted that service had resumed.

Over the weekend, Ross said they would be storing subway trains in tunnels overnight to ensure that doors are not frozen for the start of service on Monday morning. Storm trains were deployed throughout the night in open cut areas, spraying glycol on the third rail to keep it from freezing.

The weather also had a major impact at Pearson International Airport. At the height of the storm, more than 600 flights were cancelled. There are still some cancellations at Pearson on Monday morning.

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