BRITISH COLUMBIA (NEWS 1130) – As residents braced for potentially damaging winds to whip through the province Sunday morning, wind warnings for the region have ended.
Environment Canada issues wind warnings for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and parts of the Island Sunday morning, predicting wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour.
Despite Environment Canada Meteorologist Trevor Smith said the storm was not expected ot be as bad as last month;s destructive windstorm, residents were told to prepare for outages.
But it was still a busy morning for BC Hydro, with almost 10,000 customers without power across B.C. by 8.a.m. But those numbers quickly went down, to just over 2,000 by 11 a.m.
South of the border, stormy conditions caused hundreds of thousands of power outages on the West Coast, from Seattle to California. In Seattle alone, about 200,000 homes are without power, according to a tweet from the National Weather Service Seattle.
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BC Hydro says it has extra crews on hand in the Fraser Valley and the island just in case.
“It’s quite early into the storm so crews are on route and some of them are already on site,” said Kevin Aquino with BC Hydro. “We’re expecting to restore the power as quickly and as soon as possible.”
He says crews could have a long day ahead of them.
Meanwhile, a winter storm warning for the Coquihalla between Merrit and Hope has also ended. Environment Canada had warned that more than 15 centimetres were expected.