Windstorm blasts through Abby

The big blast of wind that swept through the Lower Mainland on Wednesday morning played havoc with power service, as downed trees fell on hydro lines and interrupted service.

Firefighters secure an area where a tree came down on a power line in Wednesday morning's wind storm. It was a busy time



The big blast of wind that swept through the Lower Mainland on Wednesday morning played havoc with power service, as downed trees fell on hydro lines and interrupted service.

Winds came in at 70 km/h, gusting to 100 km/h according to Environment Canada, and there were eight separate morning outages in Abbotsford. Some affected less than five BC Hydro customers, and the largest was a massive outage that stretched from 252 Street eastward almost the Mount Lehman Road. It robbed power from almost 2,500 Abbotsford/Langley/Aldergrove customers.

A large outage along George Ferguson Way centred around Tims Street and Justice Way, left 507 customers, including the Abbotsford Police Department, without service. Police and fire were operating on generator power.