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Power restored to majority of BC Hydro customers after Sunday windstorm

Last Updated Mar 29, 2021 at 10:10 am PDT

A tree is toppled over by strong winds in East Vancouver Sunday. (Courtesy Twitter/ @604realtor)
Summary

BC Hydro has made progress in getting hundreds of thousands of customers back up on the grid after a major windstorm

Power provider says it has "all hands on deck" to restore power

Winds of 70 km to 90 km an hour were forecast Sunday afternoon into the evening

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – BC Hydro crews have been able to clean up the vast majority of the problems from Sunday’s intense windstorm which hammered the South Coast.

At its height, around 180,000 BC Hydro customers across the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, and Vancouver Island had lost power.

However, work from crews around the clock saw more than 97 per cent of customers’ service restored by 9 a.m. Monday.

“This weather system in particular was one that we had watched for the past several days. We actually do have a team and they have meteorologists that track these storms for us so we know about them before they hit. Basically, what this allows us to do is make sure that we have the right number of people in the right locations with the right equipment,” BC Hydro’s Mora Scott said Monday.

A wind warning was in effect for Metro Vancouver on Sunday, with the forecast calling for gusts of 70 km to 90 km an hour through the afternoon and evening.

Winds died down overnight.

A number of areas, including Vancouver, West Vancouver, Surrey, and Langley, were particularly hard-hit by high winds, with BC Hydro saying most of the issues across the region were connected to downed power lines. In some cases, trees toppled over onto these lines.

“With every storm that we deal with, there’s definitely lessons that we learn and that we take from each storm to make sure that we can do better each time,” Scott explained. “But preparing for storms and responding to storms are certainly part of our business and it’s something that we work at year-round.”

Buntzen Lake was closed Sunday because of the wind warning impacting the area.

-With files from Paul James