Wind storm knocks out power to thousands, beaches sailboats
Nafeesa Karim, CTV Vancouver
Published Friday, June 12, 2015 8:16AM PDT
Last Updated Friday, June 12, 2015 6:35PM PDT
BC Hydro crews were kept busy overnight as a wind storm sweeping through the Lower Mainland brought down trees and caused hundreds of homes to be without power.
Winds gusting between 55 and 75 kilometres an hour pushed sailboats onto the shore at Sunset Beach in English Bay, and also took out a navigational buoy off-shore.
In the Southlands neighbourhood, a tree that came down across Blenheim Street south of West 49th knocked out power to more than 1,000 people and caused serious damage to BC Hydro lines in the area.
The blustery winds also caused a tree to crash down on top of a white BMW on Collingwood Street and West 3rd Avenue in Kitsilano.
On the North Shore, crews scrambled to clear four trees that came down across Marine Drive near Capilano Road. The job was surely a priority as that roadway is a main commuter access point for the Lions Gate Bridge.
As of 8 a.m. Friday, BC Hydro said 600 customers were still without power in Port Moody.