B.C. wind storm: Thousands without power in Metro Vancouver
Strong southeast winds are hitting Metro Vancouver, resulting in lost power to thousands of homes and some ferry cancellations.
Environment Canada has issued issued special weather statements for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and Inland Vancouver Island. The statement forecasts winds of 50 km/h, gusting to 70 km/h, for those areas.
It also issued wind warnings for Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island, the Southern Gulf Islands, the Central Coast and Fraser Canyon.
A new report from BC Hydro shows Lower Mainland residents are largely in the dark when it comes to preparing for blackouts, which are expected to become more frequent due to climate change.
Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson says people in areas such as northern B.C., where outages are more frequent, are less confident in their region’s preparedness, but 62 per cent have an emergency kit ready to go when the lights go out.
Vancouver Islanders also have frequent storm-related outages and the report shows 58 per cent of respondents say they are prepared to lose electricity, although just 22 per cent think their region is the most prepared overall for a blackout.
In other B.C. weather news, heavy snowfall and icy road conditions are expected the make the drive through B.C.’s Interior mountain pass a lot trickier on Tuesday.
Environment Canada said an unstable air mass moving across the Interior is expected to deliver up to 25 cm of snow to the Coquihalla, Crowsnest and Okanagan Connector highways, according to meteorologist Doug Lundquist.
A snowfall warning is in effect for the Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt, with the heaviest snowfall expected Tuesday night before easing off Wednesday morning.
More to come…