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Wind and rain storm knocks out power, closes road on Bowen Island
The first storm of autumn slammed into Bowen Island over the weekend, leaving hundreds without power and even shutting down one stretch of road.
Rain pounded hard across the Lower Mainland Sunday, while wind gusts as high as 91 kilometres an hour were recorded at Point Atkinson in West Vancouver.
Just under 500 Bowen Island residents were left without power in their homes, according to BC Hydro.
"(Bowen Island) was hit pretty hard from both sides of the storm, so there is a lot of localized areas that (repair crews) need to attend to one at a time," BC Hydro spokeswoman Simi Heer said.
She estimated power would return to most customers by the afternoon or early evening.
Meanwhile, Bowen Bay Road was closed to traffic the night of the storm after rough weather knocked over a tree and downed a power line.
Bob Robinson, public works superintendent for Bowen Island Municipality, said traffic was only open to one lane along the road Monday morning before returning to normal in the afternoon.
Robinson, who is also a member of the Bowen Island fire department, said four calls came in reporting trees had caught fire due to downed power lines.
He added it's important people always have a cache of emergency supplies prepared for occasions such as this latest storm.
"It's no different than if there's a big (earthquake) that comes. You're on your own for the first few days," he said.
"(The fire department) just can't do everything. When power lines are down, we do not touch the power lines."
Meanwhile, BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall confirmed there were some cancellations between Horseshoe Bay and Departure Bay, but service was not affected going to and from Bowen Island.
"Normally with the Bowen run and the Langdale run, when we see the high winds, they don't get affected because they're fairly sheltered and they don't have to cross the Georgia Strait."