Friday, August 26, 2011

Ontario Storm: Lightning vs. The CN Tower (VIDEO)

If you were hiding under your sheets or taking cover in your basement you might've missed the show above the skies of the Greater Toronto Area. A massive storm brought plenty of rain and lightning.

Environment Canada also issued tornado warnings for large parts of southern Ontario, but thankfully no known twisters touched down and caused damage in populated areas.

If you lived in Toronto you might've been lucky to catch the light show, particularly the gasp-inducing sight of the CN Tower being struck by lightning repeatedly.

At more than 1,800 feet high, the tower is easily the tallest building in Toronto and is struck by lightning around 40 to 50 times a year. Last night's storm probably contributed a great deal to this year's quota.

These two videos captured the sight:

The first captures a panorama of Toronto's skyline from slightly further away. In the time-lapse you can see the tower get hit at least half-a-dozen times.

August 24 - Toronto from Dirk Teunissen on Vimeo.

August 24 - Toronto from Dirk Teunissen on Vimeo.

The second shows a street level view of the storm with some dramatic close-ups of the CN Tower and skyscrapers lit up by lightning.

Lightning TO from Jon Simonassi on Vimeo.

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