Storm knocks out power to 50,000 on B.C.'s South Coast
Some of strongest winds were recorded on Saturna Island, where midnight gusts hit 99 km/h
The first big fall storm hit B.C.'s South Coast last night, knocking out power to up to 50,000 customers across the Vancouver Island, Sunshine Coast and Metro Vancouver areas at the peak of the storm.
By 7 a.m. PT, power had been restored to most customers, leaving about 5,000 in the Lower Mainland and 10,000 on Vancouver Island still in the dark.
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West Vancouver fire Chief Jay Brownlee said his firefighters were kept busy overnight and into the morning attending to back-to-back calls for damage caused by the storm.
"We've seen a spike in emergency calls related to the severe rain and wind event," said Brownlee. "We've seen downed power lines, trees across the road, power poles snapped."
Brownlee said he wasn't aware of any damaged buildings injured people, as of 1:45 a.m.
Some of the strongest winds were recorded on Trail Island and Sisters Island, where gusts hit 117 km/h at the height of the storm.
Summary of last night's peak winds <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCStorm?src=hash">#BCStorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/IczNybcEYv">pic.twitter.com/IczNybcEYv</a>—@EC_BCweather
At one point, the Sea to Sky Highway was shut down in both directions after a large tree fell onto the highway. It brought down some power lines as well, but hydro crews were able to clear it and get traffic moving again around 3:20 a.m.
By Friday morning, most routes were clear, and wind and rainfall warnings had been lifted by Environment Canada.
Some BC Ferries sailings were also cancelled on Thursday evening, but all routes were running normally on Friday morning.
These high winds are throwing the rain so hard against my window that it sounds like its raining IN my apartment. Stay safe friends <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCStorm?src=hash">#BCStorm</a>—@_Phelix
Parmar family right now. No power. Half cooked macaroni. 100 candles. No matches. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCStorm?src=hash">#BCStorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/TyWhetm69p">pic.twitter.com/TyWhetm69p</a>—@Taranparmar983
Lights out at Marine/Argyle due to local outage <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcstorm?src=hash">#bcstorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/bchydro">@bchydro</a> <a href="https://t.co/5EbYUe8Vvw">pic.twitter.com/5EbYUe8Vvw</a>—@gpsmendoza
Wind is picking up.... Rain is pouring.... <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Storm?src=hash">#Storm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCStorm?src=hash">#BCStorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/UbwXx1bLnu">pic.twitter.com/UbwXx1bLnu</a>—@islandr250
With files from Gian-Paolo Mendoza