BC Hydro is reporting that more than 40,000 homes in Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley are without power.
The greatest concentration of outages seems to be located in Abbotsford and Chilliwack with a few in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby.
BC Hydro says the outages were caused by strong winds.
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) November 17, 2015
More than 7,600 people are without power in Abbotsford and Mission, while over 20,000 are without power in Chilliwack.
A storm that’s blowing through the Metro area and Fraser Valley is expected to cause gusts of up to 80 km/hr, prompting Environment Canada to issue a severe wind warning for the Lower Mainland.
Metro Vancouver can also expect up to 40 millimetres of rain today.
The total number of customers in B.C. without power exceeds 60,000, including nearly 30,000 on Vancouver Island.
BC Hydro has some tips for staying safe when your power goes out:
- Keep flashlights handy around the house
- Apps such as TuneIn Radio are great if you don’t have a battery operated radio
- Turn off WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS features and push notifications to extend your phone’s battery life
- Turn down the brightness of your display
- Close unnecessary apps
Above all else, make sure you know if your food will keep during an outage. Here is a chart to help you determine what stays and what goes: