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Winds whip Vancouver


High waves rock a sailboat in Vancouver on Monday
High waves rock a sailboat in Vancouver on Monday

Jill Colton, staff writer

July 13, 2010 — Ferocious gusts blew through Metro Vancouver on Monday night, taking down power lines and downing trees.

Police direct traffic after lights are out in North Vancouver
Police direct traffic after lights are out in North Vancouver

Environment Canada issued an extreme wind warning for Metro Vancouver and west Vancouver Island on Monday. And gust they did. Fierce winds toppled trees in the city, beached sailboats in English Bay and sliced the electricity to thousands of homes and businesses.

During the afternoon hours, Vancouver International Airport and in Tofino clocked wind speeds at 65 km/h. Weather Network meteorologist Michelle Cassar explains what made the weather so intense, “Essentially, there's an area of high pressure in the Pacific and an area of low pressure north of B.C. This creates a strong pressure gradient, which in turn creates an intense wind field.”

Sail boat gets beached during wind storm in Vancouver
Sail boat gets beached during wind storm in Vancouver

The wind gusts kicked up branches which fell on electrical wire, helping cut the power to more than 5,000 customers in Vancouver and on the Sunshine Coast. BC Hydro confirmed most of the outages were in Coquitlam, the North Shore and Port Moody.

The blustery conditions continued for the region during the overnight hours, and gusts are still in fine form through Vancouver and the Lower Mainland. Regardless, it's still looking to be a nice day across the city. Temperatures will be seasonal with a high of 21 this afternoon. Radar conditions show that it'll be sunny with cloudy periods and slightly higher humidity.

For more details on what you can expect in your neighbourhood, click our Canadian Cities Forecast. You can also tune into The Weather Network on TV, where your local forecast comes up every ten minutes on the tens.

With files from CTV Vancouver

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