#BCStorm: Vancouverites report on social media

Photo: Vancouver Park Board.

It all started on Friday, but it wasn't until Saturday morning when the real deal hit... and it hit hard.

More than 530,000 homes were left without power after a windstorm blew through British Columbia. Falling trees crushed cars, destroyed homes and, according to the Vancouver Sun, seriously injured one pedestrian.  

Despite the fact that 300 BC Hydro personnel have been working around the province since Saturday, 32,000 customers were still without power Monday afternoon. Most power outages took place in the Lower Mainland.

Things are expected to calm down by Tuesday. However, Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and Howe Sound.

The Weather Network's meteorologist predicts that by the time the rain stops on Thursday, Vancouver would have seen more rain than during the entire summer.

Given the problems caused by the emergency, local authorities have turned to social media to keep people updated on the latest developments, to ask for precaution, and to give shout-outs to those working on bringing things back to normalcy. 

 

 

Citizens themselves also decided to take on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, and YouTube to share what they were witnessing or experiencing during the windstorm.


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