Powerful wind storm wreaks havoc in Vancouver

  • The Province, Vancouver
  • Updated: Aug 30, 2015 14:22 IST
Trees were brought crashing down as heavy rain and storm wrecked havoc in Vancouver. (Photo credit-The Province)

Winds and heavy rainfall proved to be a cause of worry for the citizens of Vancouver throughout Saturday as it led to the closure of Sky Train service and power cut for a few hours, reported The Province website.

Many trees fell down damaging several vehicles. While no injuries were reported at the time, a woman in her 40s was struck by a falling tree and was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with life-threatening injuries, said police.

Early in the day, Environment Canada had issued a rainfall and heavy wind warning.

Emergency communications were also swamped by calls from people reporting fallen trees and non-functioning traffic lights.

The city officials urged the public to stay off roads and remain indoors during the storm and issued warning about the fallen tree branches and debris all along Highway 1, stretching from North Vancouver to Abbotsford.

The agency also warned drivers to use caution and expect major delays.

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