More than 36,000 households in Metro Vancouver experienced a power outage on Tuesday as gusts of wind knocked down trees and snapped branches across the region.
According to BC Hydro’s outage list, 36,913 customers were without power around 3:30 pm. The outages started around Burnaby and extended into the Fraser Valley, with some outages in Abbotsford and Maple Ridge affecting hundreds of households.
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) October 13, 2020
The province’s electricity provider listed many of the outage causes as the wind storm, a tree down across power lines, or a downed power line. However, the cause of some outages is still under investigation.
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BC Hydro says never to touch a downed power line because there is a risk of electrocution.
A blustery afternoon and evening are expected in Metro Vancouver, with Environment Canada issuing a wind warning earlier in the day.