Rob Ford vs. Toronto Storm: Mayor's Account Fumbles Weather Info, Twitterverse Pounces

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TORONTO, ON - JUNE 24: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seeks shelter from the sun under Doug Holyday's umbrella as he  makes an appearance at the raising of the Rainbow flag to kick off Pride Week festivities on the Podium roof at City Hall.        (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JUNE 24: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford seeks shelter from the sun under Doug Holyday's umbrella as he makes an appearance at the raising of the Rainbow flag to kick off Pride Week festivities on the Podium roof at City Hall. (Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

It was natural that when a major storm system hit Toronto on Monday, citizens would want a mayor. But not their own, exactly.

Those residents who were tweeting during the torrential downpour didn't waste an opportunity to send quippy Rob Ford tweets out while the rain drenched and flooded areas around the city, including the subways the Toronto Mayor so fiercely advocates.

Some blamed Ford, some brought the joke back to the mayor's recent crack scandal, and others just pined for Naheed Nenshi, Calgary's mayor, whose recent work leading the city through its devastating floods won him almost universal praise.

Ford's handling of the storm on Twitter unfortunately didn't win him any fans either. One hashtag summed it up: #NotNenshi

When the mayor tweeted an erroneous tweet in the afternoon that was surely meant to be reassuring, it didn't go well:


Toronto Gal
RT@TOMayorFord Latest from City Staff: 30-40 cm of intense rainfall in short period. The worst is over. North York and Downtown hit hardest.

"RT@TOMayorFord Latest from City Staff: 30-40 cm of intense rainfall in short period. The worst is over. North York and Downtown hit hardest."

The mayor's use of centimetres instead of millimetres (the standard measurement for rain) was noted, but when the tweet was deleted a short time after, it drew even more attention:


Daniel Dale
Did Mayor Ford's account post and then delete a "the worst is over" tweet?

"Did Mayor Ford's account post and then delete a "the worst is over" tweet?"

Ford's account reposted the almost identical tweet hours later, when the worst really did appear to have passed. But it was too late. The Rob Ford storm parody pics had already begun.

So where was Ford during this time of need?

According to Toronto Sun reporter Don Peat, power was out at Ford's home and he was in his SUV trying to "stay cool" with his kids.

His brother Doug, however, reportedly did the exact opposite and was apparently spotted directing traffic at a blacked-out intersection at Dixon and Islington.

Click through the gallery to see what Toronto's Twitterverse had to say about Rob Ford vs. the storm:

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