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A weekend of violent storms left thousands of residents without power - and the trees on their property.

B.C. got more rain in four days than the whole summer


Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 2:16 PM - When the B.C. south coast's dry patch ended, it ended with a vengeance.

The rains started late Friday for that part of the province, and by the time the last showers from the system ended in the early morning Tuesday, many cities had seen more rain in the preceding four days than they had during the entire parched summer.

West Vancouver and Squamish, in fact, both cracked the 100 mm mark over that time period, while Vancouver itself got a respectable 58 mm.

Vancouver's total, in fact, not only blows away its entire August average 36.7 mm, it will have seen more rain than the entire summer before the weekend deluge started.

Some power outages remain

The rain didn't make hydro crews' jobs any easier as they reconnected people still without electricity after the weekend's wind storm.

At one point, a peak of more than 500,000 customers were without power after the storm toppled trees and hydro lines.

That number fell to 32,000 by Monday evening, and by mid-day Tuesday a little more than 5,000 were still in the dark.

Aside from extensive property damage, at least one person was seriously injured during the storm. The Vancouver Sun reports a woman in her 40s was out walking with her daughter when she was struck by a falling tree. The Sun reports her injuries as "life threatening."

At least two people were killed in Washington State. One man was driving when a tree came crashing down on top of his car. A 10-year-old girl was playing outside at a friend's house when she was struck and killed by a fallen tree branch.

Vancouver's Stanley Park was closed to the public. The east side of the park has since been reopened as crews work to clear the remaining trees and debris caused by the storm.

A number of ferry crossings were cancelled or delayed due to rough seas, and the Vancouver SkyTrain was temporarily delayed after a tree fell across the tracks, smashing the front of an oncoming train.

With files from Katie Jones, Daksha Rangan.

Thumbnail image courtesy of Chris Doyle, Twitter.

SOURCE: The Weather Network | Flickr

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