Massive Vancouver wind storm knocks out power to thousands (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
DH Vancouver StaffAug 29, 2015 1:07 pm
Vancouver is being taken by storm. A wind storm.
Thousands of people are without power as Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast experiences both a rainfall and wind warning. Environment Canada is reporting risks of a thunderstorm early this afternoon and that winds could reach up to 90 km/h this afternoon before dissipating later today.
It’s tough to know exactly how many are without power as BC Hydro’s outage site is even experiencing an outage, but reports are saying anywhere from 12,000 to 25,000 customers are currently affected in Metro Vancouver.
If you see a fallen or damaged power line on the ground, stay at least 10 metres away and call 911 to let them know. Always assume power lines are live, even if they’re not sparking or making any sounds. Also, stay at least three metres away from power lines close to your home.
Unless it’s an emergency, call 311 or 1-888-POWER-ON about outages.
UPDATE 1:10 p.m. – Stanley Park has been shut down
UPDATE 1:25 p.m. – BC Hydro says there are 200,000 customers without power