Early morning storm hits Toronto area
Lightning strikes houses, hydro poles
A quick-moving thunder and lightning storm early this morning hit hydro poles and caused at least three house fires across the Greater Toronto Area.
Although storm warnings have been lifted, damage was prevalent across various sections of the region.
At the height of the storm spectacular lightning strikes could be seen at Toronto's CN Tower.
Crews from the Mississauga Fire Department were on the scene after a lightning strike caused a fire at a house on Torrisdale Lane in the Meadowvale area.
Firefighters Tuesday morning were concentrating their efforts on the roof of the house where a large hole could be seen.
Meanwhile, two other houses suffered extensive damage after both were struck by lightning in the Caledon area overnight.
One home was on Keylime Crescent, near Hwy 50 and Highway 9, while the other was just south of there on Healey Road near Airport Road. Jonathan Beckett, an Ontario Provincial Police Constable in Caledon said damage to both homes was too extensive and would have to be demolished.
Elsewhere, hydro poles were struck by lightning on Midland Avenue, just south of McNicoll Avenue in Scarborough, while to the east several downed wires were reported in the Milner Avenue and Morningside Road area.
However, CBC's Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe said the fast moving storm, which was most intense between 5 a.m. and 6 a.m. local time, was moving out of the area.
"The storm is moving south of the border, so we are continuing to drop the warnings across Southwestern Ontario," she said. "Things are clearing up."
In southwestern Ontario, some 20,000 customers were without power as winds reported up to 100 kilometres hit the area.
Hydro One's Nancy Shaddick said crews had been dispatched to the area to "assess the damage."