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Huge Windstorm Leaves Thousands Without Power in British Columbia

Written by; Joy Smithers / TCCN Staff Writer
Added on: Fri Dec 12 2014


At 12:30 am this morning (Friday, December 12, 2014), a huge windstorm hit British Columbia knocking out power for thousands of BC Hydro customers across the South Coast and Fraser Valley of the province.

At the storms peak, wind gusts reached 70 km/hour and up to 120 km/hour sweeping across the region. BC Hydro reported that a total of over 100,000 of its customers lost power.

As crews continued to work to repair the damages caused by the storm overnight, at around 5:30 am the winds had calmed and the number of customers left without power were approximately 30,000.

The wind storm had caused some damages to vehicles on roadways and in parks with its surges knocking down trees, branches and power lines.

A series of subtropical weather systems hit the Southern Coast of BC throughout all last week prompting flood watches and evacuation orders. This recent storm is being reported as the last one in the series to hit the region.

In the last week, flooding also led to boil water advisories in Nanaimo and Comox Valley on Vancouver Island, while landslides had triggered water restrictions in the Lions Bay area, north of West Vancouver.

The weather is being forecast as clear today, which will give local residents a break from the constant rain over this weekend, before the cloudy skies bring more wet weather next week.


Copyright: 2014

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