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Predicted hurricane-force winds leave Vancouverites nonplussed

An uprooted tree in Stanley Park, December 2006

Batten down the hatches, we're in for some windy weather. 

Today the Vancouver Observer took to the streets asking Vancouverites how they felt about the predicted hurricane force winds.   

Marla was "very confused" by the weather; she brought an umbrella just in case but was skeptical she'd need it. She saw first hand the "awful" damage to Stanley Park in 2006, however, she's not worried that winds will create the same level of damage today.

When we interviewed Allen, the sun was shining and the wind was tame. "This must be the eye of the storm," he joked, admitting he hadn't heard about today's weather warning. After speaking with us, Allen planned to go home and "lock up my balcony garden."  

Michelle, a native Ontarian, wasn't too concerned about the wind. She finds Vancouver weather "tame" in comparison to Eastern Canada, and believes weather reports exaggerate conditions. However, she hopes Stanley Park is not at risk.

Sada heard warnings last night that SkyTrains and busses might close. So far there have been no changes to the bus or SkyTrain schedules, although BC Ferries has cancelled several crossings.

Despite the gusty weather the mood in central Vancouver was calm. The weather hasn't stopped daily life, and hopefully it wont accelerate to such a state as to shut down public transportation within the city.

The last time Vancouver experienced wind levels this high was in December 2006 during a storm that brought down thousands of trees in Stanley Park. The damage caused by hurricane strength winds, snow, ice, and rainfall devastated the park, and left 250,000 BC Hydro customers without power during the storm's peak.

Environment Canada issued an official wind warning on their website for the Inner South Coast, West, North and Central Vancouver areas alerting citizens that “potentially damaging winds are expected in these regions. Monitor weather conditions [and] listen for updated statements."

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