Surrey resident Michelle McCallum removes some branches from a fallen tree that landed on a motorhome in her front yard following a wind storm Wednesday. A friend who was in the vehicle at the time was luckily uninjured.

Wild winds down trees, cut power

Wednesday's storm left thousands of Surrey residents in the dark.

A blustery night of winds up to 80 km/h left Surrey littered with downed trees, power lines and other debris Wednesday morning.

The powerful storm also left thousands of people in the dark for hours, with many told it wouldn’t be restored until sometime around the dinner hour that evening. Neighbourhoods affected included a large area west of 180 Street, south of 64 Avenue, east of 152 Street and north of 40 Avenue.

Residents on 28A Street in South Surrey said a 45-foot larch tree had been ripped out of the ground and fell on the street overnight. Fallen trees also partially blocked an eastbound lane of King George Boulevard, near 24 Avenue, Wednesday morning.

In Surrey, affected neighbourhoods included Panorama Heights, Grandview, Crescent Beach and Crescent Park, as well as a large section, where more than 3,400 homes were without power, according to BC Hydro.

Police say the inclement weather also kept them busy, however, there were no reports of storm-related injuries.

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