Windstorm leaves thousands on Semiahmoo Peninsula in the dark

Approximately 25,000 BC Hydro customers in White Rock, Surrey and Langley lost power last night.

Sunday’s windstorm left thousands of people in the dark across the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley, including approximately 25,000 in White Rock, Surrey and Langley.

While some waited just minutes for power to return, for others, the outage lasted several hours.

Trees down across wires was a common effect of the winds, which gusted up to 68 km/h, according to information from Environment Canada.

The largest pocket of BC Hydro customers affected on the Semiahmoo Peninsula numbered 4,338, in an area south of 20 Avenue and west of Highway 99.

According to outage details on BC Hydro’s website, they were without power for about two hours. Another 1,053 customers west of 150 Street and north of 19 Avenue were in the dark for 3½ hours. Other, smaller pockets were without power for up to nine hours.

BC Hydro spokesman Kevin Aquino said Monday that Surrey, Langley and Port Coquitlam were among the areas hardest-hit by the storm.

Environment Canada issued a ‘special weather statement’ Monday morning to advise of continued inclement conditions through the week – with strong winds expected again on Tuesday night – and Aquino said hydro crews are “definitely keeping a close eye on it.”