The power restored to thousands after a windstorm hit Metro Vancouver

North and West Vancouver are among the hardest hit by winds at night damaging transmission lines

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Strong southeast winds hit Metro Vancouver overnight, resulting in lost power to thousands of homes and some ferry cancellations.

From kl. 15.00 only 1,255 BC remained. Hydro customers without power on the lower mainland and along the Sunshine Coast, down from about 22,000 early Tuesday morning.

North and West Vancouver were among the hardest hit. About 15,000 homes on the North Shore lost power around 6 p.m. 01.30 when three power poles were broken on two transmission circuits due to falling trees and branches caused by the storm. Power was restored around noon

BC Hydro reports updates on power outages here .

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Some BC Ferries Crossings were also canceled this morning, including the 5:15 and 7:45 sailings from Tsawwassen to Duke Point.

However, the Queen of New Westminster resumed sailing with the scheduled departure at. 10.15.

Environment Canada has issued special weather reports for Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Howe Sound and Inland Vancouver Island. The inventory predicts winds of 50 km / h, gusts to 70 km / h, for these 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 that residents on the lower mainland are largely in the dark when it comes to preparing for power outages, which are expected to become more frequent due to climate change.

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The report from the Crown supply says that more than half of the inhabitants of the lower mainland believe that their region is best prepared for storm-related power outages, but fewer than half have an outage plan or emergency equipment at home.

Hydro spokesman Kyle Donaldson says people in areas like northern BC, where outages are more frequent, are less confident in their region’s preparedness, but 62 percent have an emergency kit ready to go when the lights go out.

The Vancouver Islanders also have frequent storm-related outages, and the report shows that 58 percent of respondents say they are prepared to lose electricity, even though only 22 percent believe their region is the most prepared overall for a blackout.

In other BC weather news, heavy snowfall and icy road conditions are expected, making driving through BC’s Interior mountain passes much more difficult on Tuesday.

Environment Canada said an unstable air mass moving across the interior is expected to deliver up to 25 inches of snow to the Coquihalla, Crowsnest and Okanagan Connector highways, according to meteorologist Doug Lundquist. Read more here .

A snowfall warning is in effect for Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt, with the heaviest snowfall expected Tuesday night before subsiding Wednesday morning.

More on the way…

– with file from The Canadian Press

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