VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – This morning’s wind storm had some people going without their morning toast and coffee. The wind knocked down plenty of trees and branches, leaving thousands of customers without power.
Dag Sharman with BC Hydro updated us at 9 a.m. “We have about 14,000 Hydro customers on the South Coast without power. The majority of them are on the Lower Mainland, though we have almost 2,000 on Maine and Saturna Island who are without power.”
Call 1-888-POWER-ON to report on any Hydro problems in your neighbourhood.You can also see the latest updates on the BC Hydro website.
A few schools opened classes a little later than usual, due to power outages. The following schools in School District No. 42 (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows) are temporarily closed due to power outages: Blue Mountain Elementary School, Webster’s Corner Elementary School, Garibaldi Secondary School and Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School. These schools will reopen at noon.
Leigh Elementary was closed in Poco due to the power outage, but has since re-opened. Students are encouraged to go to school.
Douglas College’s David Lam campus is closed until noon.
Over at TransLink, the buses are running on schedule but there is a tree down at Nanaimo and Broadway so that’s affecting southbound traffic.
Also we’re seeing plenty of traffic lights out across Metro Vancouver, so remember to use the 4-way stop procedure if you come across any outages during your morning commute.