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.
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.
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
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Huge wind storm in Van City today. This used to be 12 trees standing along the side of the road. The wind was so strong that the ground split open when the trees fell over. #vancitybuzz #vancity #windstorm #powerofmothernature #vancitywind #vancitywindstorm #bcstorm
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Permission to re-post given; please credit and tag. This was the scene on #SpruceStreet and #15thAve earlier this afternoon; thankfully no one was hurt (from what I know) and nearby buildings seem to have only minor damage. #Vancouver #Storm #Rain #Tree #Vancity #WestCoast #huffpostbc #mustbevancouver #vancitybuzz
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