Our Sister Nation Awash in Unnatural Rains, Floods & Power Outages

posted by Sarah N Worthy IATTWJ Member @ 13:56 PM
July 9, 2013

flooding-Canada    Just a few days after destructive floods in Canada’s largest Western city, Calgary, her largest Eastern city, Toronto, yesterday suffered historically unnatural down-pouring––a month’s worth of rain in just two hours.

The torrents of rain and subsequent flooding caught Toronto residents completely by surprise.  People were lined up on streets waiting for streetcars, and within seconds, those streets turned into rivers.

Don Peat and Angela Hennessy of QMI quote Ralph Siekanowicz who was getting home from work: “It’s unbelievable, water was pouring down the stairs in the subway station and then the lights went out, it was really scary. When we got outside, you could see parked cars surrounded in water up to their windows.”

The City of Toronto’s latest update says that some 300,000 people in the city are without power.  Authorities urged residents to stay in place, avoiding travel.  Jennifer Angiers said her building lost power 6 p.m. last night said:  “I can literally see waves on the street, it doesn’t look like King St.––it looks like a river.”

“This is likely the wettest moment in Toronto’s history. By the end, we may have a new all-time one-day record.” David Phillips, senior climatologist with Environment Canada.  Basements throughout the city are flooded, and river banks threaten to collapse.  Like most cities, asphalt makes Toronto subject to flooding.

Extinction Protocol and Raveena Aulakh of Star.com label Toronto’s rainfall ‘epic:’  “More than 90 millimeters of rainfall was recorded at Pearson International Airport in just two hours, starting at about 4:30 p.m. To put it in perspective, the wettest day in Toronto was Oct. 15, 1954, when Hurricane Hazel slammed the city and 121.4 millimeters of rainfall was recorded over the entire day.”

They explain:  “As temperatures rise globally, so do the chances of extreme weather. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said in its 2012 report that short, powerful rains, hurricanes, heat waves and droughts will intensify. . . . the average global temperature could rise anywhere between 1.6 and 4.4 degrees C. . . That includes fewer but more extreme rainstorms.

According to AFP News Service, some 100,000 people in Calgary towards the end of June were evacuated.  Three lives Calgary-floodingwere lost, and floods washed away roads and bridges, and submerged hundreds of homes.

Some 1500 Calgary residents are in shelters and hundreds more stay with families. Hundreds of cattle drowned. Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told news services: “This is incredible.  “I don’t think any of us have seen anything like this before.”  Public transportation is shut down and schools are closed.

What will it take for people to understand that there is no safe zone in these last days?  Global Warming assures that things will get much worst.  As Christian children’s T-Shirts warn:  “But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer (1 Peter 4: 7).”

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