Thousands of people are without power across British Columbia due to a powerful windstorm that is hitting the South Coast.
BC Hydro states that the powerful winds have caused widespread damage to BC Hydro’s electrical system in multiple regions of the province, which has resulted in outages to around 120,500 customers.
The power authority adds that branches and trees have broken and come into contact with its electrical equipment. The hardest hit areas are the Southern Interior, Lower Mainland, and northern Vancouver Island.
Earlier today, BC Hydro reported massive outages in Richmond, Delta, Langley and Surrey. Now, the power authority notes that there is a outage in the City of Vancouver affecting 1,750 customers due to a, "Tree down across our wires."
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) October 25, 2019
BC Hydro reports that its crews are continuing to work to repair damaged equipment, including power lines, power poles and transformers. In addition, all available resources will continue to work throughout the evening and overnight to safely restore power.
Stanley Park has also been closed and a number of BC Ferries sailings were cancelled due to the windstorm. The wind warning for coastal British Columbia is in effect for the next 9 hours.
If you see a fallen power line, stay back at least 10 metres and call 911.