Wind knocks out power for over 36,000 Metro Vancouver households

Oct 13 2020, 3:42 pm

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.

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.

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.

Megan DevlinMegan Devlin

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