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Rain falls in Eaton Centre as storm hits downtown Toronto

Last Updated Jun 14, 2018 at 8:44 am EDT

Crews clean up after a leak broke out at Eaton Centre in Toronto on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Even the iconic Eaton Centre mall wasn't a refuge from the rain as a storm rolled through downtown Toronto on Wednesday afternoon. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Even the Eaton Centre wasn’t a refuge from the rain as a storm rolled through downtown Toronto on Wednesday afternoon.

Numerous people posted videos on Twitter as water poured from the ceiling of the shopping centre.

One person tweeted “It’s raining inside Eaton Centre,” and video showed pools of water on the floors and a woman continuing to shop as water poured from the ceiling of a store.

Security guards were putting down barriers to keep the water from flowing into other shops.

A spokeswoman for mall operator Cadillac Fairview, Michele Enhaynes, says a water leak, believed to have been caused by the rain, started on the third level of the shopping centre at about 4:30 p.m. and flowed down to the lower levels.

The mall is open for business Thursday, with the only store closed being Ted Baker.

On Wednesday, some areas affected by the flood were closed “in order to ensure the safety of our tenants, guests and staff,” she said.

Much of southern Ontario was under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings on Wednesday afternoon and electrical utility Hydro One said about 47,000 customers were without power, many due to storm-related outages.

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