Thousands without power on Lower Mainland after windstorm

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A powerful windstorm has left many homes in the dark around Metro Vancouver and on the Sunshine Coast.

As of Wednesday morning at 6 a.m., nearly 54,000 customers are without power in those regions after strong winds caused extensive damage, according to BC Hydro.

Power is out for about 25,000 people on Vancouver Island, as well.

5:50 – Just over 53,000 customers in #MetroVancouver #FraserValley #SunshineCoast are without power this morning due to last night’s wind storm. For all the grids in the region https://t.co/Mnfo5Uu8Sx @NEWS1130 @JACK969van pic.twitter.com/VoZbdhNwz1

— Ryan Lidemark (@RyanLmark) January 13, 2021

Downed trees and fallen branches had been a concern, with a large tree blocking West Queens Road at Thorncliffe Drive in North Vancouver.

Attention North Shore drivers. There is a large tree blocking the street – 900 blk of West Queens rd. Avoid the area as the road is completely blocked. pic.twitter.com/rzShThG802

— DNV Fire Rescue Services (@DNVFRS) January 13, 2021

A wind warning had been in place but was lifted Wednesday morning.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Micheal Kuss says it will be gusty through the morning before tapering off in the afternoon.

“Sunshine on the way through the day, partly sunny anyway,” he adds.

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