11/11/2014 07:46 EST | Updated 01/11/2015 05:59 EST

Gusting wind leaves thousands without power across Lower Mainland

An Arctic high pressure system continues to usher in cold northeasterly winds across B.C. creating gusts of up to 60 km/h across the South Coast that left more than 10,000 people without power Tuesday.

Power for about 4,000 people has since been restored and power is expected to be restored to most areas by 8 p.m. PT.

The strong winds are expected to continue through to tomorrow morning.

Micheline Surridge says she was in her Maple Ridge home and her husband and son had just been looking out the patio door at the trees as the wind picked up.

"...thinking you know if one were to fall you know and trying to assess the situation and not even five minutes later this tree came crashing down."

"It was very scary," she said. "It was very scary because I didn't know where anyone was in the house. I didn't know where the tree had fallen."

Surridge says restoration experts have come by and told it's not safe for now so she won't be staying in the house tonight.

Temperatures will drop down to the freezing mark Tuesday night from a high of six degrees Celsius today.

CBC meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe says the coldest air will be between Wednesday and Friday.

MAP: Current power outages