We had an incredible, massive storm hit the GTA last night. I knew it was a big one but I didn’t realize just how epic it was until I started hearing the news reports this morning.
It all began around 7pm last night. The sky was dark-a heavy darkness. I have the weather sense so I knew a big storm was coming, but I’m pretty sure even less sensitive people could tell. It was quite ominous.
Luckily I made it home and was able to eat supper before it hit.
I was chatting with a friend online, when suddenly the sound of heavy rain and wind began. I ran to the window to watch the show, and I wasn’t disappointed. Toronto does not get hurricanes or tornadoes or any type of extreme weather, really. But from footage I have seen in the past it looked like some crazy hurricane was outside!
The wind was blowing with intense strength, pushing the torrential rain in all directions and causing it to look white, just like wave crests in the ocean. Lightning was flashing–LOTS of lightning! It was literally non-stop! It was really unusual, but so cool to observe.
There were some people caught out in the rain (this happened all at the drop of a hat) and I could hear them squealing with fright as the storm passed over us; I think they were able to find shelter; I HOPE they did. I love storms and wouldn’t even go out in that one.
This storm… I just watched in awe. This one was different from any regular storm we have had in this area. So fierce, so intense, and over so quickly, but with lasting effects. Below is a video of an actual tornado that touched down in Vaughan, which is just northeast of the city. I couldn’t believe it!
A few minutes into the storm, I assume the numerous lightning bolts hit a tree which fell on a line in our neighbourhood, our power was cut and we were cast into darkness. I didn’t worry too much, Hydro is usually able to get the power on within an hour or so.
But not this time.
This is probably where the storm affected me the most–my power was cut until the morning. I’ve mentioned before how hot my apartment gets (its basically the attic of a big house so it retains heat like no other) and without my paltry AC nor a single fan to move the air, the heat became almost unbearable.
My only source of light was a few scented candles I had kicking around, which quickly produced even more heat. I was not a happy camper.
I tried sitting outside to cool down, but it was way too buggy, so I resigned myself to suffering in the heat. I took a quick cold shower then laid in my bed and just listened to music, then finally tried getting some sleep.
The weird part is that when I woke up this morning, I had a vague memory of the power coming on…but for some reason there was all kinds of crazy happening in my room. I think the heat (combined with my normal sleeping pills) affected me so badly that I was sleepwalking!
Get this: I woke up with a bunch of towels randomly strewn across my bed and room. They were old red towels I had stored away. My regular towels are brown. Where the hell did the red ones come from, and why are they all over the place!?!?!
I also went to sleep at one end of the bed and woke up on another???
And woke up to see my clock (which died when the power went out, it has no batteries) set with the correct time, and my desk fan pointed at me??
What the hell???????
What did I DO last night? I am afraid to go home tonight and find something like my pillow in the oven or my houseplant hanging from the ceiling. I have no recollection of any of the weird shit that happened last night.
I don’t know whether to be scared or amused by this. Right now I’m mostly amused.
But man, I’ve got one hell of a headache. I can’t take many more sleepless nights or I’m going to go stark raving mad. Maybe I’ll run around nekkid, next time?
*Photo & video credits to BlogTO