Trees fall, power knocked out in windstorm

Most street banners on the No. 2 Road Bridge survived the early wind gusts Monday night, but several didn
Most street banners on the No. 2 Road Bridge survived the early wind gusts Monday night, but several didn't make it.
— image credit: Matthew Hoekstra photo

A windstorm that sent gusts of 74 km/h through Richmond Monday night had subsided somewhat Tuesday morning, as commuters woke up to a few fallen trees and power outages.

In the 6100 block of Steveston Highway, a tree fell down across B.C. Hydro wires, knocking out power to a handful of properties for several hours. In North Richmond there were reports of a fallen tree at Cambie and No. 3 roads.

As of 7 a.m. Tuesday, B.C. Hydro crews were still investigating a power outage to 386 properties in North Richmond. The area, west of No. 3 Road to the Middle Arm of the Fraser River, includes the The Westin Wall Centre Vancouver Airport Hotel. The area has been in the dark since 4:19 a.m.

The wind picked up debris from various development sites in City Centre Monday night, including Aspac Development's massive residential project River Green, near the Richmond Olympic Oval. Drivers along River Road, which the project fronts, had to dodge construction materials that were blowing from the under-construction towers.

Gusts of 58 km/h were still being recorded at Vancouver International Airport Tuesday morning, according to Environment Canada. The agency forecasted winds to subside later today, giving way to a mainly cloudy day with a high of 16 C.


UPDATE: At 12:02 p.m. Tuesday, B.C. Hydro reported power was restored to all 1,048 properties in North Richmond that had been without power for some portions of the morning. A motor vehicle accident was to blame, according to the Crown corporation.

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