Wind storm leaves thousands without power on Wednesday

SURREY – A wind storm lashed B.C.’s south coast overnight Tuesday, knocking down trees and causing road closures, ferry delays and power outages for tens of thousands of residents.

 

A Surrey mother and her five-year-old child were briefly trapped after a tree crashed through the bedroom.

 

Surrey Fire battalion chief Reo Jerome said the incident happened shortly before 11 p.m. in the 12900-block of 58th Avenue.

 

Emergency crews arrived and helped the mother and child out of the house.

 

He said the woman, her husband and the child were shaken but otherwise okay. The house has significant damage, he added.

 

Jerome said Surrey Fire received 250 calls overnight, most of which were about branches down on power lines, but there were also some fire-related calls, minor injury reports and trees down on the railway tracks.

 

As the storm settled early Wednesday morning, more than 30,000 BC Hydro customers were still without power in Metro Vancouver, after more than 80,000 were without electricity overnight.

 

As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, BC Hydro reported that 23,000 Surrey residents were still without power.

 

Mora Scott, a spokeswoman with BC Hydro, said 25 significant power lines were knocked down by trees, wind and branches. She said crews worked overnight and hope to have most of the power restored by noon.

 

"Did we have a storm in Vancouver overnight or something? Debris and branches all over the roads this morning," tweets Landon, while emergency scanner reports on Twitter reported several trees coming down on homes in Surrey.

 

Radio traffic reports said 148th Street in Surrey was closed Wednesday morning because of a power line and tree down on the road.

 

Meteorologists say storms are lining up over the northern Pacific, and will hit B.C. and the northwestern United States this week into early next week.

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