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Toronto Ice Storm 2013

December 23, 2013

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Ok, so there’s not much about this video that’s really Open the Happy-ish. We just woke up this morning at 5AM (thank you, jetlag!) and saw that there was no power in the house. We stepped outside and saw that there was ice EVERYWHERE and no power on the street, either. We called my parents in Pickering and they, too, were out of power. We turned on the radio and heard that the ice storm and blackouts were widespread. We hopped on Twitter to ask some of you how things are going, and found out that a bunch of you were in the dark, too. Then we saw this Tweet from the official Toronto Hydro account:

In other words, WE’RE SCREWED!

Why are we screwed? Because we have to finish the EYKAs, that’s why! How can we edit or upload without electricity? Funny how we didn’t care much about food or safety. We’re more like “BUT OUR VIDEEEEOOOOO!!!!” Eep!

We stepped outside and did our best to get ice off the car, and it took a loooong time. We decided to venture out into the pitch blackness and see if the entire city was in the dark. Our hopes were that we’d find a Starbucks or something that was unaffected, and then we’d camp out there. So, out we ventured into the wild winter wasteland to look for a place to go. Traffic lights were unfunctional. Trees were snapped from the weight of the ice and in the middle of the roads, while other trees groaned and cracked under the weight and let us know that they were ready to snap, too.

Fortunately, we found that part of Etobicoke had power, so we stocked up on stuff at Walmart and Tim Hortons (yes, Tim Hortons in the face of an impending Apocalypse, of course!), and then drove back to Martina’s parents’ home to let them know what the status was.

Funny story: when we walked into Walmart, I had this dialogue with an attendant:

Me: “Excuse me, sir. Could you direct me to the aisle in which I can find Armageddon supplies?”
Him: “What kind?”
Me: “The Kind that will prepare me for the impending Apocalypse”
Him: “That’ll be down the hardware aisle, to the left”

He did let out a smile, though, so at least he knew I was joking.

Here’s an Instagram video we took as well, since we’re in the spirit of sharing just about everything we did today:

I’m sure some of you are wondering now, though, how this video is uploaded, if there’s a power outage. Fortunately, there are pockets of the city still with electricity. Martina’s sister’s house is in one of them. So we packed up all of our gear and drove over there. While we were in front of her house, though, a giant arm of a huge tree snapped off and landed right behind us. Any further back and we would have been hit. I didn’t get footage of that. I just said “STOP TALKING GTFO GOGOGO!” The wires were shaking from the tree falling. That’s how a lot of the power is out, I believe. Snapping trees are taking down power lines, and with them, our electricity.

So, we’re writing this now safely in Martina’s sister’s place and finishing up the EYKAs. If this place doesn’t black out, then we should start uploading it by tonight and should be ready to publish for tomorrow. BOOYA! Stay tuned to make sure you don’t miss out on any updates, just in case.

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  1. We had an Icemageddon like that a couple years ago here in Nebraska. It was pretty scary. I had never seen anything like it before. Our block of town was without power for about 3 days. There were other parts of town where power was down for about a week. I worked at Pizza Hut at the time and by day 3 I was out delivering pizzas on 2-3 inch sheets of Ice. There were places I literally had to walk the block to deliver because the car wouldn’t make it up the hill. It was no fun because that same week I fell on the ice and broke my tailbone for the second time and couldn’t sit properly for a couple weeks afterwards. Never wanna go through that again. We stayed at the house instead of trying to go anywhere else though. We had an extension cord ran out the front door of the house to the car so we could keep our phones charged and plug a heater in to to keep the worst of the chill off. Switched back and forth between the heater and a laptop that we watched movies on. Thank goodness for lots of thick blankets and warm clothes.

    3 years ago
  2. Oh man, I hope you guys get power soon! It’s been alright in Thornhill (Yonge and Steeles area), but facebook tells me that basically everywhere else got hit. Stay safe!

    3 years ago
  3. Stay safe fellow Torontonians and GTA-ers and anyone else whose weather is Shitty McShitterson right now! Our power was only out for 12 hours (actually it was just our streets, the houses outside this street were all fine), luckily it’s back now :)

    Also, if not for the falling trees and icy sidewalks ,I’d just stay inside even though it’s not that cold. Some drivers are really stupid in this kind of weather. My parents had to run out to by gas canisters for our portable gas stove so we could prepare food (it’s a religious day for Buddhists I think, so we had to prepare stuff for tonight) and this idiot sped down the street and swerved onto our street, nearly slammed into my parents’ care ’cause they lost control -_-

    3 years ago
  4. And people here in Memphis thought we had a bad ice storm on December 6th… (It was just ice on the trees and that’s it, every school still closed) I’m gonna show them this video so they can see what an ice storm is REALLY like! Stay safe!

    3 years ago
  5. Omg, I heard about this on the news today here in Spain and I immediately thought about you guys!

    btw
    I’ve been to Canada several times when I was in high school and my favorite thing ever is Tim Horton’s Honey Cruller! I miss TH sooo much.. -_-

    Be careful! And have a great time with your family and friends ;)

    3 years ago
  6. Stay safe! Don’t drive too much…it looks terrible and icy. I’m in Alberta and it’s so sunny yet it looks like winter wonderland. I hope we don’t get hit with that ice storm.

    3 years ago
  7. In Ottawa, all we have is a whole bunch of snow…
    Stay safe guys!

    3 years ago
  8. Wow, ice storms: scary AND beautiful!

    3 years ago
  9. Aish… Snow is scary.
    Question: If you got to choose any idol/ idol group to be snowed in with, who would it be? XD

    3 years ago
    • Orange caramel because their sheer cuteness could light an entire city

      2 years ago
    • And so many of them…

      3 years ago
    • T.O.P.: I don’t care if there is no electricity,.. his arms wrapping around me is enough to make me warm.. ;) and his binguness will make my day! hehehe ^_^

      3 years ago
    • Junsu!, all that banana rubbing would just melt the snow off.

      3 years ago
    • Bigbang. They’re all pretty hot :P

      3 years ago
    • BAP since their loofah is on fire.

      3 years ago
    • Block B. They’re always entertaining.

      3 years ago
    • Psy: he would generate the most warmth in case the electricity died.

      3 years ago
      • Don’t you think all the members of Super Junior combined would generate more heat than Psy? XD Just a thought. I’d personally pick SHINee myself.

        3 years ago
      • Eh? How?

        3 years ago
    • I’d pick Super Junior (even if I’m not as big of a fan as I used to be–not anything negative, I just don’t listen to their stuff as much anymore). They seem the most fun LOL

      3 years ago
      • haha omg best answer imo
        plus 15 guys in one room would be quite warm

        3 years ago
  10. First of all: Glad you’re save& warm.
    Second: Them ice- removal- skillz Martina, very impressive!
    Third: Simon, no tree killing! Hajima, no no no. Trees are friends!
    Fourth: I know I’m being ignorant of the safety issues involved, but i caught myself thinking how pretty nature can be.
    Even if its scary-pretty.
    Despite all, Merry Christmas.

    3 years ago
  11. Wow we never had a storm like that here in Belgium, thank god because I would be afraid to leave my own house…

    3 years ago
  12. I live in New Jersey, and idk if you saw pictures of hurricane sandy that happened October 2012, but it reminds me alot of your ice trees. Whole trees fell over, pulling up from the roots. There was a bunch of soil in the air. I had to drive the day after to get my cousin from Rutgers University. It took me about an hour and a half to drive 22 miles, and about 3 hours to get back. WEATHER BE CRAY CRAY YO!

    3 years ago
  13. Tim

    I’m in Quebec right now and we can go curling or play ice hockey on the streets. Shoveling is a pain, it’s like shoveling heavy snow. We were without power all morning and it’s on and off now. Here’s hoping you get this in time before it goes off again!!!

    3 years ago
  14. ~*~suddenly grateful that i left canada right before the horrible weather hit~*~
    wow though, 72 hours without power? eep, that’s pretty bad. BUT GOOD OL’ TIM HORTONS, STAYING OPEN. ;D

    3 years ago
  15. Welcome back to North America!

    3 years ago
  16. Wow it’s 75 degrees here in South Carolina. I wish so much for colder weather for Christmas, but I don’t know if I want that much ice! It should get colder by Christmas Eve. Stay safe you guys and Merry Christmas!

    3 years ago
  17. I’m glad you guys are safe. Thanks for all your hard work. :D Merry Christmas, you guys!

    3 years ago
  18. Well maybe it’s not that cold during the ice storm but when it’s over and people still are out of power and it gets -20 degrees and below, it can get very dangerous especially for more vulnerable people. And Canada IS cold during winter here in Quebec we are already reaching in the -30 degrees sometimes.

    And tbh not many countries have it worse, it’s just that not many countries are prepared to deal with ice and snow storms, so when it happens we still go to work and school and life goes on. It’s part of our culture and every day life.

    3 years ago
    • russia, many parts of finland, northern parts of sweden, (western and) northern parts of norway, greenland, some of the old soviet countries.
      those are the ones i referred too :)

      2 years ago
  19. Welcome back to Canada (I guess not too much of a welcome though…)
    Wow things are crazy in Toronto now, you guys stay safe! I’m tucked away in the Ottawa Valley now, so not too sure what any populated areas are like but it’s been hailing/snowing/whatever else the sky can think to throw at us all day long.
    Hope your power comes back on soon and try to keep warm and well fed!!

    3 years ago
  20. It seems like the weather is all wonky this year. Crazy snow, no snow, or snow where it’s not supposed to be. There doesn’t seem to be any sort of in between.
    Like, I live in a tiny mountain town that gets snow starting in October and ending in May and we’ve had one day of snow that melted the next morning and it’s almost January!
    Maybe Toronto took my town’s cold?

    3 years ago
  21. And I wanted to go to Canada this christmas…. I think I’m going to wait until the summer..
    Anyways anyone who lives in Canada/in the Toronto area who have any ideas/tips on what to do?

    3 years ago
    • Eat Poutine ! *sorry it’s not an attraction XD *. If you go by Quebec, it’s a really beautiful place too ! I just went to Toronto one time so I dont know that much cool places to visit XD.

      3 years ago
    • I’m not from Toronto but I’ve visited a few times. You can get a tourist pass for the typical tourisy sites: http://www.citypass.com/toronto
      There’s Wonderland if you like rollercoasters. Eaton Centre, Queen street, and Vaughan Mills (it’s outside the city but you can get a free shuttle ride from Union station in the summer) for shopping.
      Yorkville for expensive items…
      Nearby: Niagara Falls looks great. Markham: Pacific Mall for a huge Asian shopping centre – I think Chinatown has better prices, but there is a lot stores there.
      You can also visit Montreal which is pretty cool (I took I think a 4 hour train to get there).

      3 years ago
      • Thank you so much! I will check these things out for sure!

        3 years ago
        • You’re welcome. There is also a Korea town, but it’s very very small (like 1 street). Nearby is the Annex by the U of T. It has some cool stores there… I stayed at a U of T dorm the first time I was there (summer as well). It’s very convenient. I would recommend getting a weekly transit pass as well. Public transportation is very convenient.

          3 years ago
    • Go to Tim Hortons! That’s my nº1 rule lol

      3 years ago
  22. Ah… guise… you’re so hardcore!! > . < (If it was for me you wouldn't need to worry about uploading videos… ) Stay warm and be careful!!

    P.S: some people were saying that Simon is a tree killer…. but I could only imagine it backwards … that tree was a killer O__O

    ♥♥♥♥♥♥

    3 years ago
  23. I didn’t know snow had the same effect as a hurricane did! We get Hurricanes in FL just not snow.

    3 years ago
    • Yeah, snow and ice is very heavy when it accumulates. So another problem arises when people don’t clear the snow off their roofs. It piles up and then all of a sudden you’ve got a roof that caves in on you.

      3 years ago
  24. in ottawa we’re getting a buttload of mostly snow and some freezing rain.. but holy frig that’s a thick layer of ice on those trees in toronto o.o hope you guise are okay!

    3 years ago
  25. Saguenay is also into a snow storm spell ! I was living in Montreal when there was the ice storm some years ago ….I hope it wont come here ! We had 2 weeks of black out at that time !

    3 years ago
  26. That’s the problem. It doesn’t LOOK bad, but because the temperature is hovering around the freezing point the rain freezes on impact and turns to ice.

    3 years ago
  27. This is some scary shit. So guys we must all remember to never go to Canada in the winter time or you will be killed by trees falling on you. O_O
    Belgium isn’t so bad after all…

    3 years ago
    • LOL this is like the first time in ten or so years that this happened. Canada’s really nice. Don’t be scared.

      I remember like two years ago, there was barely any snow for all of Winter. And last year, we only had one major snow storm.

      3 years ago
      • Oh only one snow storm. Haha I’m Belgian so I’m not really used to extreme weather conditions. Last winter was pretty long and cold too here, not like I was used to. Maybe Belgium is turning into a super tiny Canada! ^0^

        3 years ago
    • Haha it’s not always this bad, Winter in the past few years have been pretty mild actually. We only had one big snow storm last year but it didn’t last very long (quite a few traffic accidents happened though). I don’t actually remember anything this bad even though I was born and grew up here

      3 years ago
      • Oh okay I’ve never been to Canada and since you guys are all still alive it probably isn’t too bad after all. Stay safe! I really want to visit Canada actually. So much beautiful nature and the big buzzing cities… :)

        3 years ago
  28. I know your pain…. I live in Etobicoke too, and we spent an hour just prying the ice off our car ;_____;

    3 years ago
  29. Lol this is great u guys captured this tho, Gta looks pretty cool atm d:
    …right when u guys came to toronto too

    3 years ago
  30. I kid you not, but here in Quebec City, there is snow up to my waist on my patio… and there are no signs of it stopping ._. Everyone stay safe!

    3 years ago
    • I am quite short (darn it xD) and we didn’t take the time to shovel everything away so… We are going to have fun tomorrow. And when I said waist, it was the highest point. On average, the snow is about mid-thigh hight on the deck. Sorry if i brought about some confusion or anything :/

      3 years ago
      • Oh, yay! I’m in Montreal this weekend and have to go back to Quebec City tonight.Yay…work…
        I hope that the roads are not too bad

        3 years ago
        • But the best part is if you go outside with a shovel, your 2 arms and a smile, you can make friend and do some exercice at the same time :)

          3 years ago
  31. That’s just it: it’s not that cold, but it’s just the right temperature for a shit show. Warm enough for rain, cold enough to freeze the rain, just the right balance to screw a lot of people over.

    3 years ago
    • My street has about 2 inches of ice.. so the kids in my neighbourhood was out skating this morning.

      3 years ago
    • We got a little bit of ice in Iowa. (The state south of Minnesota.) It’s warm during the day but it freezes all at night so the next morning, you have an ice rink instead of a driveway. x(

      3 years ago
      • IOWA NASTIES! T^T I thought I was ALOOOONE (practically, I know of about 3 others)! It feels lonely here, anyway.

        3 years ago
    • It’s doing that over here (Nova Scotia) too. It’ll start raining, then it freezes the rain, then it’ll start freezing rain for a bit, then go back to rain. It’s really freaking frustrating

      3 years ago
  32. Its 85 degrees in FL! I want snow!

    3 years ago
  33. Oh my goodness! Stay safe, you guys!!

    3 years ago
  34. A bunch of my friends have said they don’t have power, like all of Dixon, and everyone is facebooking pictures of theiir icy frozen trees! You guys should come down to Rexdale, we have Timmies and Wifi and we’ve still got electricity! =D

    3 years ago
    • We’re in a safe place, now. After almost getting crushed I don’t wanna go outside. Nopenopenopenopenopenopenope

      3 years ago
      • I’m glad you guys are safe and I hope you’re all Apocalypse prepped for the next few days. My sister works at Home Depot and they sold out of 2 days worth of salt stock in a few hours! It’s gonna be a rough one guys, stay safe!

        3 years ago
      • Wow, is it really that bad? I haven’t really been in a bad snow/ice storm.. just regular autumn storms or what do you call them, so I wouldn’t really know. Unlucky you when you just came home for christmas now too!

        3 years ago
        • So bad that 300k+ homes have no electricity and heat in Ontario. I’m thankful my house is not affected.

          3 years ago
        • It’s so bad. We tried to go to church today, but the roads were covered in ice and there were broken trees all over the road so we just quit and went back home…at least unlike Simon and Martina, we have power.

          3 years ago
  35. We don’t even have snow in Belgium yet o.o Stay safe guise!

    3 years ago
    • We don’t even have snow in southern Sweden yet, they even have snow in Egypt…. ._.

      3 years ago
  36. Big snow/ice storm in Quebec right now! I had a thought about you guys. Hope everyone’s safe in Toronto!

    3 years ago
  37. Ah, jeez, it’s not nearly as bad here. I mean, the roads are ice, and it’s freezing rain at the moment, but, we haven’t lost power or anything yet *knocks on wood* Hopefully you won’t lose power/the power will come back on soon. Stay safe!

    3 years ago
  38. Stay safe you guys! I feel like I’m in the only pocket of Etobicoke what still has power, lol. And now I probably jinxed myself by saying that.

    3 years ago
  39. Wow, it’s really pretty… I just had an urge to…. THIS IS CANADAAAAAA. Done.

    ALSO WHY DON’T WE HAVE ANY SNOW IN SWEDEN IT’S A SNOWLESS CHRISTMAS. GOD DAMMIT.

    3 years ago
    • I’m in the USA down in Fl, and we don’t get snow where I’m at for Christmas either (actually, we’ve never had it here.. I was told it snowed once when my grandma was a little girl, but it would melt before it even reached the ground, so it only half-way counts). It’d be nice to see snow in real life at least once, I know how you feel >.>

      3 years ago
      • I guess I’m kind of spoiled with this, we get snow for christmas about 75% of the time, I live in the southern part of Sweden so it usually melts away pretty fast though.. Which is sad because I want to have snow fights in school.

        3 years ago
        • Sounds fun ^^’ .. We have a thing at the next town over, where they make ‘snow’ and the kids can play in it.. but it kinda looses the appeal when it’s 70 degrees (Fahrenheit) and the snow all forms a block of ice after a while. (ive actually only been once, but we were a bit late, so it was all just a block of ice pretty much pft)

          3 years ago
        • ooh! I live in florida also and that sounds fun..any chance you could say where it is/the name of it?

          haha I remember one time in the winter we were at a little outdoor local spot for some food and one of the servers there scraped the ice out of the freezer, made a snowman out of it, and gave it to us. t’was beautiful :’)

          3 years ago
        • They already did it this year.. but we’re down in South Fl, on the southwest side of Lake Okeechobee(the big whole in the map lol)

          & awe, that sounds awesome!

          3 years ago
        • ah, thanks. You’re a little more central than us, but thank you for the reply either way. I think it may be done throughout the state (or at least the southern band there) because I mentioned it to my mom and she said that she heard of something similar happening around here.

          2 years ago
        • I wouldn’t doubt if it was.. Since it never snows here, they probably do it for the younger kids who haven’t really experienced it before. It’s a cool idea, all the same ^-^

          2 years ago
    • I’d rather take snowless over electricity-less. Just saying :D

      3 years ago