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On this day, sixty years ago. Hurricane Hazel drove across the Appalachians and hit South-Central Ontario. Winds were in excess of 120 km/h and 10.1 cm (4 in.) of rain fell in less than 12 hours which was the heaviest rainfall in history for that region. In Toronto, on Raymore Drive in Etobicoke, 17 homes were swept into the Humber River and 36 people were killed when debris blocked a bridge and more homes were washed away. In total 81 lives were lost due to the storm. The economic loss and impact of Hurricane Hazel in Southern Ontario was estimated to be 1 billion dollars.
On this day in 1966 the Montreal Metro system was officially opened. on Montreal became the 8th city in North America and the 26th in the world to have an underground transportation system.
The original Metro system had 26 stations on 3 lines. Construction began in 1962 with the Green and Orange lines ready in 1966. The Yellow line, which brought passengers to Expo 67, was inaugurated on March 31, 1967, just before Expo opened.
Currently the system now 68 stations on four lines totalling 69.2 kilometres (43.0 mi) in length, serving the north, east, and centre of the Island of Montreal with connections to Longueuil, via the Yellow Line, and Laval, via the Orange line. It is North America’s third busiest subway system (behind New York and Mexico City) serving 1,256,200 passengers per weekday.