Shoppers inside Eaton Centre found themselves in the middle of a rainstorm amid a severe thunderstorm warning for Toronto and surrounding regions Wednesday afternoon.
So I was just in Toronto’s Eaton Centre and it started pouring rain. INSIDE a store. pic.twitter.com/O9O3FikrhO
Oh my goodness guys. It’s legitimately a waterfall inside the Eaton Centre. pic.twitter.com/h9ZIz0CeTX
Cadillac Fairview, the company that owns Eaton Centre, said in a statement the leak began on Level 3 in the mall’s south east end, and was the result of rainfall.
The property team has located the source of the leak and has closed some shops for the evening. The mall however remains up and running, the statement said.
Environment Canada issued the warning just after 4 p.m. calling for the possibility of very strong wind gusts, heavy rain and up to nickel-sized hail.The weather agency was tracking a cluster of storms moving eastward at approximately 75 km/h.
Toronto police say they continue to deal with an influx of weather-related calls Wednesday afternoon, including reports of downed wires and trees. People are being warned to stay at least 10 metres away from any downed wires and to treat them as live.
Toronto Hydro says there are approximately 16,500 people without power in pockets scattered across the city, and that it hopes the majority will be back up and running overnight. Meanwhile Hydro One says over 40,000 of its customers are without power.