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11/13/2007

Cleanup Begins After Massive Storm Pummels British Columbia

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Vancouver, B.C. Canada
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Power lines were left hanging loosely on poles, causing outages in many Lower Mainland areas.
(CBC)
VIDEO: STORM AFTERMATH

About 155,000 homes in British Columbia remain without electricity Tuesday morning after a massive storm struck the province's south coast, downing power lines and toppling trees.The hardest hit areas include the Fraser Valley, northern Vancouver Island, Bowen Island as well as the Sunshine Coast area.
The storm that first hit the coast Sunday evening was nearly as bad as one last year on Dec. 14 that left 250,000 customers without power.

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Vancouver Island was lashed by heavy rain, swollen seas and raging winds Monday. The first big storm of the fall of 2007 was a one-day-wonder, typical for November. "No doubt about it - these are really strong winds. But what strikes fear in your heart is remembering what last November was like. It was truly one of the wettest Novembers on record. People don't want a repeat of the devastation that occurred last year." Monday's storm wreaked havoc on ferry sailings between Vancouver Island, the mainland and the Gulf Islands, as winds, gusting up to 100 km/h, bashed white-capped waves onto the coast. Thousands of passengers were stranded for hours as they tried to return home. Trees fell on power lines causing power outages in Greater Victoria and throughout Vancouver Island. At the height of the storm, more than 195,000 homes across the province and 70,000 homes on Vancouver Island were without power. B.C. Hydro crews struggled to repair more than 330 separate outages as falling branches and toppled trees knocked out power to a wide swath of southern British Columbia. The bad weather was blamed on a storm system with warm fronts and cold fronts north of Vancouver Island. As the storm moved north, the winds that were blowing from the southeast veered around to blow from the southwest. The front also brought copious amounts of rain to the south coast. Rainfall in the Greater Victoria area was between 20 and 40 mm. Other parts of the Island, particularly the west coast near Tofino, got between 100 and 150 mm of rain. Up to 100 mm of rain was forecast for inland Vancouver Island and north and east Vancouver Island. Image Above: Debra McNeill watches the waves at Ross Bay during Monday's storm.
Photograph by : Ray Smith, Times Colonist
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