Windstorm causes power outage for thousands in Lower Mainland

Nov 17 2020, 11:43 am

A windstorm has knocked out power for thousands of people across the Lower Mainland and the Fraser Valley.

According to BC Hydro, the outages are affecting residents in Surrey, Langley, Pitt Meadows, Maple Ridge, and White Rock.

The company says that its crews are “responding as quickly as possible to restore power to affected customers.”

Collectively, there are more than 10,000 BC Hydro customers that are affected by the outages.

BC Hydro reminds people to maintain a physical distance of at least two metres if they see crews or contractors out on the field.

“Downed power lines are an emergency,” says the company. “Stay at least 10 metres back and call 9-1-1 immediately.”

A wind warning issued by Environment Canada is currently in effect for Metro Vancouver. Winds in excess of 90 km/h are possible, although they’re expected to ease considerably once the cold front passes.

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