Almost 2,878 customers were without power in the late morning and afternoon due to fallen cables.
“Teams have been assigned to an outage affecting 2,878 customers in #SurreyBC,” BC Hydro tweeted at 12:02
Updates are posted to bchydro.com/power-outages/app/outage-map.html#outage=1542396.
The map also shows power outages in parts of North Delta and White Rock.
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On Tuesday morning, BC Hydro said the storm had left 53,000 of its customers without power, with Courtenay, Surrey and Maple Ridge being the worst affected areas.
“Wind-blown trees and branches have caused extensive damage to the electrical system,” the authority responsible for electricity said in a press release. “Further damage and breakdowns are expected until the wind calms down this afternoon. All available BC Hydro crews and contractor teams will work throughout the day to repair damaged power lines, poles and transformers to restore power.
This is the second major storm to cause significant damage to BC Hydro’s grid on the south coast and on Vancouver Island this fall.
Last week, BC Hydro released a new report that found the severity and frequency of storms damaging BC Hydro’s electrical system was increasing. There has been a 117% increase in these storms in recent years, according to the agency.
“BC Hydro values the patience of its customers as its teams work to repair the damage and restore power. He also asks members of the public to follow physical distancing guidelines and provide teams with the space they need to do their jobs safely.
A downed power line is considered an emergency and members of the public should stay at least 10 meters behind and call 9-1-1 immediately.