Storm moving across southern B.C. knocks out power, downs trees

24/06/2019 Posted by admin

The second storm in a trio of powerful storms to hit southern B.C. is currently moving across Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

The storm was expected to be here late Thursday night, but didn’t arrive until Friday morning. The winds and rain have picked up significantly Friday afternoon.

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There are currently over 75,000 customers without power across the region. BC Hydro is warning additional lines may come down and more power outages are likely.

A wind warning has been issued for Greater Victoria. Winds gusting to 90 km/h are expected in that area. A gale warning is also in effect for the Strait of Georgia.

Environment Canada says top wind speeds of over 70 km/h were recorded at YVR today, and speeds of over 80 km/h were recorded in Abbotsford and Howe Sound.

A tree also fell onto a car at Burnaby Mountain golf course.

TransLink says the storm is beginning to have an impact on transit service on certain bus routes, with falling trees and branches requiring diversions.

A tree that has fallen on trolley wires at Cambie and Dunsmuir in downtown Vancouver this afternoon, impacting service on the Cambie Street Bridge. Trolley overhead crew and transit supervisors are on scene and monitoring the service. City crews have been contacted to help remove the tree.

Another tree fell on trolley wires on Kingsway in Vancouver.

A 15-year-old boy died after being struck by a falling tree in a wooded area next to Clayton Heights Secondary Friday afternoon.

Strong winds have shut down Van Dusen Gardens and the Ghost Train in Stanley Park. All outdoor playing fields in Vancouver have also been closed due to inclement weather.

The weather is also affecting some ferry routes at this time.

The weather caused some havoc on the roads during the Friday morning commute, leading to a number of accidents, including on Knight Street and the Alex Fraser Bridge. Weather may also have been a factor in a fatal crash on the Barnet Highway.

In Mission, a creek burst its bank, flooding some businesses.

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