The waves pound White Rock's shoreline and picnic area Tuesday morning. Below

The waves pound White Rock's shoreline and picnic area Tuesday morning. Below

Storm pounds Semiahmoo Peninsula

Tropical storm expected to continue until at least Wednesday, though the sun was out in force at noon Tuesday.

Powerful winds wreaked havoc on the Semiahmoo Peninsula Tuesday morning following a tropical storm that hit Metro Vancouver last night.

In White Rock, the promenade was closed east of the pier due to high tide, with strong waves crashing onto the promenade.

White Rock pierThe blustery winds and driving rain didn’t deter all beachgoers, however. Some walked the pier, pausing to take photos of the storm; another ducked under the hand railing to cross the train tracks for a closer shot.

One particularly brave soul could be seen paddle boarding through the whitecaps off of West Beach.

Further east, the Little Campbell River breached its banks, threatening to overflow onto Marine Drive near 160 Street.

Power outages in South Surrey and White Rock left hundreds in the dark.

More than 4,700 Hydro customers were affected south of 23A Avenue, west of Flower Road due to the windstorm, with an estimated time of power returning set for 4 p.m.

In Surrey, more than 1,300 residents east of 160 Street, west of 176 Street, south of 28 Avenue and north of 20 Avenue are expected to be out of power until 4 p.m. as well.

Environment Canada continues to warn Metro Vancouver residents of heavy rainfall this morning that is expected to continue until at least Wednesday, although just before noon Tuesday, the Peninsula was awash in sunshine.

– with files from Sarah Massah

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