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Lights Out: 28 photos and videos of Saturday's insane Vancouver windstorm

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DH Vancouver Staff Aug 30, 2015 9:26 pm

Forecasters expected torrential rainfall throughout the weekend, but they did not expect any accompanying heavy winds until Saturday morning. The windstorm has deemed the strongest since the 2006 storm that caused major damage in Stanley Park.

Saturday’s storm caused widespread power outages throughout the Lower Mainland and the South Coast, with 500,000 customers without power at the peak of the outage. It also caused millions of dollars in damage, with trees being the main culprit of the damage.

Trees buckled grass and pavement like carpet, tipping over and falling over onto vehicles, homes and other property. In Surrey, a woman who was walking with her daughter is in critical condition in hospital after being struck by a falling tree.

A moving SkyTrain vehicle, with passengers inside, was even struck and severely damaged by a tree branch flailing in the high winds.

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Traffic was at a standstill on some major roads in the regions on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, not just because of the fallen trees but also the hundreds of traffic lights that went dark.

And Surrey Night Market at the Cloverdale Fairgrounds was completely destroyed by the winds, with tents, equipment and merchandise mangled and scattered across the site. It has prompted organizers to cancel the night market’s remaining dates for the season.

An update issued by B.C. Hydro late this evening indicates approximately 123,000 customers are still in the dark. Crews aim to have all power restored by early Monday morning.

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Here’s a compilation of some of the most surreal Instagram photos of the windstorm and damage in the Metro Vancouver region:

Warning: foul language used in this tree falling video

So we are closed until further notice. Excuse our language #bcstorm #northvancouver #staytunedforupdates

A video posted by Steed Cycles (@steedcycles) on

Rain #bcstorm

A video posted by JT (@jordantrizz) on

Yesterday’s flash flood on Broadway. #BCstorm

A video posted by Trevor Jansen (@tinderman) on

I knew it was gonna be windy today but damn… #vancitybuzz #vscocam

A photo posted by Carlo Nicolas Namoca (@cvrlitoswvy) on

#Wind causing problems in #MountPleasant #Vancouver #photos603 #vancitybuzz

A photo posted by Ruth Hartnup (@vandaffodil) on

Someone’s car on East 39th Avenue by Victoria drive, Vancouver #East #Vancouver #BritishColumbia #Canada

A photo posted by Matthew Ng (@maffewing) on

Stanley park seawall #windstorm ????

A photo posted by peterstreiling (@peterstreiling) on

Windy Vancouver. 08/29/15

A photo posted by Vancouverize in Van. (@vancouverize) on

@ Mother Nature chill #bcstorm

A photo posted by Shania Sharma (@shaniasharma) on

Things got a lil’ windy on East 8th last night #yvr #vancouverisawesome #vancitybuzz #eastvan

A photo posted by Jarett Kemp (@whereisjarett) on

Wind taking out trees in #eastvancouver #vancitybuzz watch where you park!

A photo posted by Darryl Gates (@darryl_gates) on

#bcstorm #strongwind #knockedout #tree #vancouver #VancityBuzz #kids #taking #peek

A photo posted by Lisa Lise Lis (@lizwiz1145) on

#bcstorm #surrey #vancity #surreybc #vancitybuzz

A photo posted by Agata Wajzer (@atagaw) on

#bcstorm #vancouver #vancitybuzz #loader #cleaningprocess

A photo posted by Peter Shen (@shener20) on

Tree meets truck #bcstorm #storm #windstorm #vancouver #yvr #eastvan #disasterporn

A photo posted by Kitty Mussallem (@thealmightyqueen) on

This might take a while to clear #bcstorm

A photo posted by John Biehler (@johnbiehler) on

🙁 #vancouver#bcstorm#langley

A photo posted by @cheyenne_machado on

the cause of all our problems… #bcstorm #nopower #noworkers #killme #dontbeajerk

A photo posted by Carly Jones (@barkyjones) on

This guy had a bad day #richmondparking #windy #windstorm #vancouver #fallentree #bcstorm

A photo posted by Jessica Dennis (@jessica__dennis) on

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