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Powerful wind storm in Vancouver affects thousands of BC Hydro customers

Many people are still without power on Wednesday following the windy weather event.
A windstorm in Vancouver resulted in multiple BC Hydro power outages, felled trees, and downed wires overnight on May 21, 2024.

A powerful wind storm in Vancouver left thousands of locals without power overnight on Tuesday, May 21. 

Environment Canada issued a wind warning for the Metro Vancouver region on Tuesday evening as a storm brought heavy rain, wind, lightning, and hail through the night. 

Power was restored to the majority of BC Hydro customers by 9 a.m. on Wednesday but hundreds of people remain in the dark following the inclement weather.

Vancouver Fire Rescue Services reported an increase in calls due to the high winds. From 9 p.m. until midnight, fire crews responded to 50 calls about 11 electrical wires down, eight trees down, and three electrical surges or outages.

Locals share videos of powerful Vancouver windstorm 

Vancouverite Ryan Voutilainen shared a video of strong winds gusting up to 80 km/h through the trees and noted that he was seeing "lots of power flashes" and hearing trees break. 

"Making sure I am parked in a safe spot to avoid getting hit," he said. 

Sharon Paterson also shared a video of the windstorm from her balcony in the city. 


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