Mayhem in Metro Vancouver as heavy storm causes flooding, power outages
The first major rain and wind storm of the season hit Metro Vancouver Saturday, causing flooding, power outages and ferry cancellations.
Environment Canada issued a rain and windfall warning for the region and predicted up to 120 mm of rainfall this weekend.
Strong and damaging winds also pummeled the region and thousands of homes were without power.
BC Hydro said as of 2:30 p.m. 6,200 customers were out of power in Chilliwack, Delta, Coquitlam, Port Moody and West Vancouver.
Officials said a fallen tree cut power to around 1,300 residents in West Vancouver at around 2:30 p.m.
Crews were busy Saturday evening working to restore power to customers.
Power outage W.Van below Hwy from approx 31st St to LghtHse Pk. Trees down on wires. BCHydro est power back on 3:30p pic.twitter.com/5tWiH2sjDG
— West Vancouver PD (@WestVanPolice) September 28, 2013
By Saturday evening, power had been restored to around 3,000 customers.
Environment Canada added a wind warning for Victoria, the Gulf Islands and Vancouver Island and said strong winds were also expected in Squamish.
BC Ferries cancelled sailings on Hornby Island and Powell River routes Saturday.
Rain and wind is expected to continue Sunday.
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