Fall storm sweeps through city, a dozen pedestrians struck by vehicles

Heavy rainfall in Toronto and the GTA created havoc during the Wednesday morning rush hour — with a dozen pedestrians hit by cars across the city.

Toronto police said none of the injuries have been life-threatening but have blamed the collisions on rain and the unusually dark skies. They tweeted: “We have had numerous pedestrians stuck this am. PLS SLOW DOWN.”

Environment Canada issued a rainfall warning for Toronto Wednesday morning. Ryerson students were seen huddled under umbrellas and rain jackets, and avoiding walls of water sent flying by cars hitting puddles in the road.

It is estimated that Toronto will receive 45 to 55 millimetres of rain through Wednesday evening. The weather agency warned residents to watch out for “possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.”

Toronto residents should also be on the lookout for strong and gusty southerly winds expected to sweep over southwestern Ontario. The gusts could reach up to 70 km/h in most areas and may even cause tree damage and local power outages.

Toronto Hydro anticipated damage from the storm last night and brought in additional crews to help restore power in affected neighbourhoods. So far, no power outages have been reported in the city.

The strong winds and rainfall are expected to blow out by the end of Friday as the storm moves into Northern Quebec.

On the bright side, the temperature will reach a high of 16 C in Toronto today.

Go Transit and the TTC has been operating problem-free.

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