NEWS

West Coast storm hits Vancouver and island

09/30/2013 09:12 EDT | Updated 11/30/2013 05:12 EST
More than 4,500 BC Hydro customers in Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island were still without power early Monday morning after one of the first fall storms hit the West Coast on Sunday night.

Winds of over 100 km/h knocked trees on to power lines and forced BC Ferries to cancel several sailings between Vancouver Island and Metro Vancouver.

- Read more about the storm warnings

In order to clear the backlog of delayed travellers BC Ferries added an additional sailing from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen at 8 a.m. and a return trip from Tsawwassen at 10 a.m.

Meanwhile passengers on the Holland America cruise ship MS Westerdam remained stuck in port in Vancouver after the storm forced the vessel to delay departure to Oregon, but a second cruise ship, the MS Statendam, was able to begin its journey to San Francisco overnight.

The strongest winds were recorded at 105 km/h in the middle of the Georgia Strait. In Metro Vancouver winds of 91 km/h were recorded at the Point Atkinson Lighthouse in West Vancouver.

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