Crash during Saturday night's storm on Highway 1 caused severe head injuries for the driver of this car.

Third storm to hit B.C. coast packs less punch than feared

The remnants of Typhoon Songda ended up tracking further north, bringing fiercest winds to Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast

A third in a series of powerful October storms ended up packing less punch than had been predicted, at least in the Lower Mainland.

The remnants of Typhoon Songda ended up tracking further north, bringing the fiercest winds to areas like Howe Sound and the Sunshine Coast on Saturday night.

Authorities took no chances, with BC Ferries cancelling sailings Saturday afternoon and BC Hydro crews scrambled to restore electricity where trees fell across power lines.

By noon Sunday, barely 1,000 Lower Mainland/Sunshine Coast homes were still without power, plus just over 800 on Vancouver Island, down from at least 33,000 southwestern B.C. customers without service at one point Saturday evening.

The winds were less powerful than predicted in the more populated parts of the region – maximum gusts of 59 and 63 km/h were measured at Abbotsford Airport and YVR, respectively – but they topped 100 km/h at some more exposed weather stations, such as Race Rocks off Victoria and Pam Rocks in Howe Sound.

One driver suffered a serious head injury in a Highway 1 rollover crash in Langley during the storm Saturday night.

And a 15-year-old Surrey boy died Friday after a tree fell on him near a school during the previous storm.

(Photo courtesy Curtis Kreklau)

 

 

 

Just Posted

City Dream Centres hands out 1,000 backpacks at back to school event in Surrey

This is the fifth year the charity is hosting the event in the city

Securing Olympic spot the latest test for Canadian softball squad at Surrey tournament

Softball hasn’t been included in the Games since 2008 when Canada finished fourth in Beijing

UPDATE: Two men injured in north Surrey shooting

Police say the incident was targeted, may be linked to drug activity

White Rock RCMP seeking information about Aug. 16 assault

Man in 60s was injured around same time Paul Prestbakmo was stabbed to death

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. Lions fall to 1-9 after 13-10 loss to Ticats

Lowly Leos have dropped six straight CFL contests

VIDEO: B.C. woman meets biological mother, 38 years later

Mother never gave up hope of finding daughter, despite all the obstacles

B.C. man who died after rescuing swimmer was known for helping others

Shaun Nugent described as a dad, a coach, a hero and ‘stand-up guy’ at celebration of life

B.C. RCMP plane chases fleeing helicopter as part of major cross-border drug bust

The helicopter eventually landed at a rural property near Chilliwack

Border crossings across Lower Mainland seeing lengthy delays

Sumas, Peace Arch and Surrey-Blaine border crossings seeing long wait times

Thousands cycle to conquer cancer

The 11th annual Ride to Conquer Cancer took place Saturday morning, Aug. 24 in Surrey, B.C.

PHOTOS: Brazil military begins operations to fight Amazon fires

Amazon fires have become a global issue, escalating tensions between Brazil and European countries

Racist confrontation in Richmond parking lot caught on camera

Woman can be heard yelling racial slurs, swear words at woman in apparent parking dispute

Most Read