British Columbia

Windstorm knocks out power to 80,000 across Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver's first big windstorm of the fall knocked down trees and power lines throughout the region on Tuesday night, cutting power to 80,000 BC Hydro customers.

Winds hit 100 km/h in Howe Sound

Bob Luchene sent in this photo of a tree knocked down by the windstorm on Tuesday night. "I live in New Westminster B.C. We lost power at around 11:00 p.m. in my area. Left for work at 4:30 a.m. this morning and found two trees down outside my building," he wrote. (Bob Luchene)

Metro Vancouver's first big windstorm of the fall knocked down trees and power lines throughout the region on Tuesday night, cutting power to 80,000 BC Hydro customers.

Wind gusts were recorded as strong as 80 km/h on the North Shore, and one gust exceeded 100 km/h in Howe Sound. In Vancouver a car was crushed by a falling tree on Beatrice St. near Kingsway.

More than 1,500 Hydro customers on Vancouver Island also lost power because of the windstorm.

Winds of up to 118 km/h were recorded on Saturna Island, and on the west coast of Vancouver Island, gusts of up to 180 km/h were recorded at Estevan Point.

A car is crushed by a falling tree at Beatrice St. near Kingsway in Vancouver. (Richard Zussman/CBC)

Between 40 mm  and 80 mm of rain also fell during the storm overnight, with the heaviest rain falling in Tofino through Nanaimo and into Howe Sound.

A high streamflow advisory issued Tuesday for the North Shore, Howe Sound and Sea to Sky remains in place on Wednesday.

By noon on Wednesday, BC Hydro was reporting more than 15,000 customers remained without power.

Emergency crews worked through the night in Metro Vancouver, to deal with downed trees and power lines because of the regions first major windstorm of the fall. (Richard Zussman/CBC)

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