The windy weather has left thousands without power in Surrey and the surrounding area as of Thursday evening (Dec. 20), according to BC Hydro.
As of 4 p.m., BC Hydro’s outage map shows more than 50,000 people without power with causes listed as “wind storm” and “trees down across wires.”
For an updated list of power outages, click here.
The City of Surrey’s Twitter account is reminding people that strong winds are in the forecast for Surrey, adding that people can report outages or fallen trees to BC Hydro at its emergency line 1-888-769-3766.
#BCStorm update: Strong winds have caused hundreds of individual power outages, affecting more than 300,000 customers in #LowerMainland, #FraserValley, #SunshineCoast and on #VancouverIsland. In the Lower Mainland, the hardest hit areas are #SurreyBC, #LangleyBC and #Abbotsford
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) December 20, 2018
Ray Kerr, manager of operations with the City of Surrey, said Thursday (Dec. 20) “has been a very busy day for staff.”
Kerr said that while he doesn’t have the actual number of trees that have fallen in the city, he said staff has been working “diligently all day dealing with the road closures due to these fallen trees.”
“We will continue to work into the night until such time as the fallen trees causing the road closures have been dealt with,” Kerr said.
Just before noon, a tree fell on a worker near Pacific Academy school in Fraser Heights. The man, according to Surrey RCMP, was taken to hospital with injuries.
Earlier on Thursday morning, Surrey Schools spokesperson Doug Strachan said “at least” 12 schools were without power.
Dealing with numerous power outages. Working with all schools keeping kids secure and safe. See map attached for example of what it looks like. #safety #poweroutage #surreybc #cloverdale #whiterockbc @Surrey_Schools #sd36learn @CityofSurrey Huge thx teachers/admin/parents pic.twitter.com/EZzb7bNTKq
— Jordan Tinney (@jordantinney) December 20, 2018
Surrey Schools superintendent Jordan Tinney tweeted at 2 p.m. that the district was “dealing with numerous power outages,” and staff is “working with all schools” to keep kids “secure and safe.” By 5:30 p.m., Tinney tweeted that 26 schools were currently without power, but the district anticipates “being fully operational in the morning.
Tinney also said to expect debris on school sites Friday (Dec. 21).
The Surrey Traffic Twitter account is also reminding people to use four-way stop procedures at intersections where the power is out. Surrey Traffic also tweeted that “over half of the traffic signals” in the city have back-up power systems, adding that as the winds gust during the storm and cause power outages, “most of our traffic signals will continue to operate seamlessly keeping travellers safe.”
REMINDER: High winds are causing power outages across #SurreyBC as wind warning is in effect. Please remember to use 4-way stop procedure if you see a signal with no power or flashing red. Crews are working hard to maintain signal operation through #BCStorm. ^rm
— Surrey Traffic (@SurreyTraffic) December 20, 2018
Waves and loose boats have also broken the White Rock pier.
A man was stranded on the pier for nearly two hours, but was rescued around 4 p.m. by helicopter.
Police are on scene and had closed down the pier shortly before 2 p.m. White Rock RCMP say they and the White Rock Firefighters are dealing with the “emergent situation” at the pier and Marine Drive “will be shut down until further notice.”
Elsewhere is Surrey:
Guildford Town Centre is still open despite the weather conditions in Surrey. We will keep everyone informed as the day progresses.
— GuildfordTownCentre (@ShopGTC) December 20, 2018
POWER OUTAGE AT TONG LOUIE…we are closed until further notice due to a power outage. We will update here by 4pm on this evening.
— Tong Louie YMCA (@TongLouieYMCA) December 20, 2018
— corinnac23 (@t852521) December 21, 2018
— Surrey RCMP (@SurreyRCMP) December 20, 2018
— Lauren Collins (@laurenpcollins1) December 20, 2018
— Ashley Wadhwani (@ashwadhwani) December 20, 2018
— Amy Marie Reid (@amyreid87) December 20, 2018
Tree across hwy 1 near Tynehead pedestrian overpass. Looks like police have it shut down. Traffic backed up for quite a distance. #bcstorm #SurreyBC @GlobalBC #ShareYourWeather @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/0vAhsQkdeC
— Kyle Marshall (@Kylem87) December 20, 2018
— Ryan Lidemark (@RyanLmark) December 20, 2018
— Tom Zytaruk (@tomzytaruk) December 21, 2018
SSLC, Cloverdale and South Surrey are currently closed due to power outages
— Surrey Minor Hockey (@SurreyMinor) December 21, 2018
— j72rock (@jrarock) December 21, 2018
— Tom Zytaruk (@tomzytaruk) December 21, 2018