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Metro Vancouver wind advisory in place

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Wind expected to die down Wednesday evening

Special weather statement said gusts between 50 and 70 kilometres per hour were possible Wednesday

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Hold on to your hats — a wind advisory is in effect for the Lower Mainland.

A special weather statement was issued early Wednesday, with gusts between 50 and 70 kilometres per hour possible.

Meteorologist Michael Kuss says winds already hit their peak in the morning hours, and that they should die down later in the evening.

According to Environment Canada, the wind came after a cold front crossed the southern part of the province overnight.

“In the wake of this front, strong westerly winds developed early this morning. The strongest winds are expected near the Strait of Georgia,” reads the special weather statement, which is in effect for much of the region.

Meanwhile, much of the power in the UBC area was out Wednesday morning due to a tree down across wires.

It’s unclear if the wind was to blame for the tree toppling over.

The outage is impacting more than 3,700 customers, though UBC says classes are not impacted.

BC Hydro isn’t sure when service will be restored.