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High winds knock out power in parts of Maple Ridge

More than 3,000 homes were affected.
A map of the outages in Maple Ridge.

A wind storm Friday evening knocked out power to more than 3,000 homes in Maple Ridge.

Overall, there were 33 outages in the Lower Mainland, affecting 16,500 customers.

There were seven outages in just Maple Ridge as of 8:20 p.m.

A total of 1,700 homes were without power in Webster’s Corners, Whonnock and Ruskin combined in an outage reported just after 8 p.m.

READ ALSO: B.C.’s South Coast should prepare for power outage ahead of storm: BC Hydro.

West of 256th Street, power had been out at more than 500 homes since just before 7 p.m.

A gust reaching 50 km/h was recorded at Pitt Meadows airport at that time, according to Environment Canada.

Another 450 homes north of Dewdney Trunk Road were without power just after 8 p.m.

More than 250 homes were out of power near Jackson Road in upper Albion.

All were still under investigation.

A windstorm warning has been issued for the western Fraser Valley by Environment Canada.

“A strong Pacific storm will bring a brief period of significant wind to the south coast on tonight and Saturday morning,” the alert states.

“Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage. High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.”

Southeast winds were expected reach up to 70 km/h.

Up to 90 millimetres of rain was expected in the Lower Mainland, as well, and up to 150 millimetres for parts of Vancouver Island.

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