125,000 customers without power as windstorm sweeps BC

Oct 25 2019, 5:15 pm

BC Hydro says 125,000 customers across the province have been left without power after storms swept across the province today.

“The hardest hit areas are the Southern Interior, Lower Mainland, and northern Vancouver Island. A snow storm in the Peace region also caused damage and resulted in outages to customers in Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Smithers,” said BC Hydro in a statement.

According to BC Hydro, outages were reported in Richmond, Langley, and Surrey, with thousands of customers in each city currently being affected due to the windstorm.

“BC Hydro crews are continuing to work to repair damaged equipment, including power lines, power poles and transformers. All available resources will continue to work throughout the evening and overnight to safely restore power.”

BC Hydro is also receiving reports of downed power lines.

“A downed power line is considered an emergency situation and members of the public should stay at least 10 metres back and call 911 immediately,” said BC Hydro.

Crews are continuing to work to repair damaged equipment, including power lines, power poles and transformers. 

Service updates can be found on the BC Hydro website or Twitter page.

The high winds have also forced the closure of Stanley Park and Vandusen Gardens and ferry cancellations.

According to Environment Canada, a Wind Warning is in effect for the following areas:

  • Metro Vancouver – central including the city of Vancouver, Burnaby, and New Westminster
  • Metro Vancouver – North Shore including West Vancouver and North Vancouver
  • Metro Vancouver – southwest including Richmond and Delta

“An intense cold front is approaching the South Coast this morning,” says Environment Canada in a statement. “Strong winds that may cause damage are expected or occurring.”

Environment Canada also says that western sections of Metro Vancouver, as well as the Southern Gulf Islands, will see northwest winds of 50 to 70 km/h and gusts of up to 90 km/h.