REPORTING · 10th October 2010
Winds howled over entire Sacred Circle reaching speeds of 69 Kilometres per hour at the Terrace / Kitimat Airport. The winds resulted in blackouts across the region last night taking the power out in many communities.
Parts of Terrace, the Hazelton’s, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Smithers and many other communities lost power and the power is still off in many homes across the Northwest. Blackouts began in Kitimat around 1:30 last night and power was not scheduled to be restored until around 10 and 11 this morning.
There are still outages across the map as of publication, with parts of Terrace, Kitimat and Stewart expected to have power restored by 6:00 pm, Thanksgiving day.
Drive BC reports Highway 16 , on Haida Gwaii, is now clear of debris from the storm. Trees fell onto the roadways between Skidegate to Tlell and hydro lines were down on Lawnhill Road.
The Nisga'a Highway remains closed 30 km north of the Junction with Highway 16 in Terrace to 90 km north of Junction with Highway 16, in Terrace (60 km) because of Hydro Lines Down.
This has left the entire Nass Valley and Rosswood without power until at least the Thanksgiving supper hour.
Terrace is without power in many neighbourhoods. Kalum Lake Drive, Brousseau Road, Old Lakelse Road and Waterlily Bay are all reported to be without power. The entire Horseshoe area back to North Terrace is facing the same delay for power to be restored. Residents in Old Remo face the same scenerio as do those East of Terrace, Usk, Copper River and Gitaus.
Almost all of the Haida Gwaii region between Lawnhill and Tlell has been without power but it is expected to be on shortly.
Prince Rupert is facing many outages as well with the reserve areas of Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla not expecting to see power until late Monday evening. Prince Rupert and Port Edward are expecting power later this evening, Sunday, October 10.
The outages in Terrace with a time for power return estimate for 6 pm Monday afternoon.
Many neighbourhoods in Prince Rupert are without power but will see their power likely returned for a Monday evening Turkey.
New Remo Out
Comment by James Ippel on 11th October 2010
Most were without Hydro for 18 hours, some for about 32 hours. Still no telephone, tho Telus is trying-it will be difficult.
No major structural damage, one vehicle totaled.
My hat off to the Hydro and Telus workers for working under very adverse condidtions; rain, wind, and just plain miserable weather.
Comment by Scott on 10th October 2010
The winds at the airport at 0200 were 68, gusting to 95 kph. I suspect, due to local topography that winds in certain areas exceeded 100.
Kudos to the marathon work of the BC Hydro crews to get power back on.
Comment by Tracy on 10th October 2010
Rosswood is in a state of disaster after the "windstorm" . Powerlines have been snapped at the poles, trees uprooted and strewn across roadways. The entire community is without power and by the looks of all the downed powerlines and poles, it will be well into next week before it is restored. Everyone is safe, appears to be no structural damages, a few vehicles were damaged, but all in all the community is pulling together the best they can to start the massive clean-up. We took gas and mix out for the chainsaws and made sure that everyone had access out of thier properties. There are thousands of "danger" tress on the brink of falling. It is some of the worst damage I have ever seen. If anyone can lend a hand to the clean-up, please do so, this is not a rich community, many are pensioners and in there late 60's to 90...they need our help. They would help you.