March 10, 2016 9:55 am
Updated: March 11, 2016 12:05 am

Thousands without power on BC’s South Coast following windstorm

WATCH: At the peak of Thursday's windstorm, more than 121,000 people were left without electricity. Lynn Colliar looks at the hardest hit areas, including where flooding was a concern.


In a tragic accident, a woman in Port Moody has died after a tree fell on her home. Investigators are expected to release more information later today.

Thankfully it appears no one else was injured in the overnight storm, but it did cause widespread damage across the South Coast.

About 56,000 costumers remain without power from the storm. The Fraser Valley and Maple Ridge are currently the hardest hit, but outages remain in Coquitlam, Abbotsford, Langley, Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Surrey, North Vancouver, Coquitlam and Vancouver Island.

It is not yet known when power will be fully restored, but BC Hydro says all available crews are in the field. Check BC Hydro for updates.

Simi Heer with BC Hydro says if customers do come across fallen power lines, treat it as an emergency and call 9-1-1.

WATCH: Simi Heer joins the Morning News via phone:

The following schools closures are in effect in Surrey:

  • Clayton Heights Secondary
  • Fraser Heights Secondary
  • Hazelgrove Elementary
  • Bothwell Elementary
  • Pacific Heights Elementary
  • Chantrell Creek Elementary
  • Elgin Park Secondary·      
  • Coast Meridian Elementary
  • East Kensington Elementary
  • Royal Heights Elementary
  • Prince Charles Elementary

The district says there are some other schools without power, but they remain open.

The following schools are closed in Mission for the day:

  • Hillside Elementary School
  • Hatzic Elementary School
  • Hatzic Middle School
  • Riverside Technical College 

The following schools in Coquitlam have no power and compromised lighting. As a result, students are being dismissed to parents or with parent permission:

  • Cedar Drive Elementary
  • Irvine Elementary
  • Leigh Elementary
  • Kwayhquitlum Middle

Castle Park Elementary and Citadel Middle did lose power earlier in the day, but it has now been restored. Parents may send their children to school for the remainder of the day.

Some schools in the Mary Hill and North Port Coquitlam / Victoria Drive region in Coquitlam are still without power. There is no estimated time for power to be restored. The schools are not closed, but all parents should ensure the care and safety of their children in getting them to school.

At Pitt Meadows Airport, a Cessna 150 flipped over on the tarmac due to the strong winds, even though it was tied down.


Global BC viewer Keith Issac sent us these three photos of the old Britannia Shipyards in Steveston. He said in the 50 years his mother has lived in Richmond, they have never seen the water come over the dykes.

PHOTO Gallery: Strong winds, rain cause havoc around Lower Mainland:

The Emergency Operations Centre has been activated in Delta as there is localized flooding in the Boundary Bay/Beach Grove areas.

Crews are on the scene, monitoring the storm and assisting residents affected by flooding.

Conditions in Ladner are being monitored. Delta staff have also taken precautionary measures by sandbagging Chisholm Street.

The city says the tide is subsiding, but it is still windy.

The public is urged to stay away from the shoreline and nearby areas.

BC Ferries says some sailings have been affected. It is best to check before heading out to the ferry terminal.

It has already been a busy night for BC Hydro crews as they dealt with several outages across the South Coast.

In Richmond, a tree came down on a car on No. 6 Road. It does not appear anyone was injured.

A tree fell on a house in the 4000-block of 209 Street in Langley.


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Crews in North Vancouver also dealt with a tree that brought down a power line onto East 3rd Street.

There were wind gusts of up to 100 kilometres per hour in some areas, along with heavy rain.

Wind warning for the region has now ended.

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