Wind warning in Metro Vancouver ends, no widespread power outages expected

Dec 19 2017, 8:43 pm

The wind warning for Metro Vancouver issued by Environment Canada ended just before 9:30 p.m. Sunday evening.

A powerful windstorm that arrived from the Washington State coast ripped through the region beginning early Sunday afternoon, bringing strong winds of up to 60 km/h and gusts of up to 90 km/h.

Nearly 17,000 B.C. Hydro customers lost their power during the peak of today’s storm, and approximately 13,400 customers are still without power at the time of publication. High winds caused branches and even entire trees to topple over onto power poles and wires.

B.C. Hydro says its crews will be working throughout the night to restore power, and given that the windstorm has passed the outages are not expected to escalate.

Image: B.C. Hydro

Image: B.C. Hydro

The outages from this storm are relatively limited compared to Thursday’s storm when over 100,000 customers in the Lower Mainland were in the dark.

Heavy rain also fell throughout much of the storm, which has weakened and moved on to the B.C. Interior. The same system also brought heavy snow to the North Shore mountains and Whistler Blackcomb.

Environment Canada’s forecast indicates thunderstorms are possible for the region Monday afternoon.

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