Storm leaves passengers stranded at Vancouver's airport
Friday, September 6, 2013, 9:31 AM -
Flights at Vancouver's airport were delayed for several hours Thursday because of a powerful thunderstorm that pushed through.
Lightning means some delays at YVR tonight. Safety first! Check flight status at yvr.ca if flying tonight & thx for your patience.— Vancouver Airport (@yvrairport) September 6, 2013
Officials say aircrafts on the ground weren't allowed to taxi and crews couldn't load or unload baggage for several hours due to safety concerns.
Over 1,000 lightning strikes were reported through the night.
Normal operations resumed after the lightning passed, but the storm still left thousands of homes without power.
According to BC Hydro, more than 6,500 customers in Metro Vancouver and the Sunshine Coast were without electricity at the height of the storm.
More heavy rain is expected across the region on Friday.
Up to 50 mm of rain is forecast through Saturday with locally heavier amounts possible, increasing the risk for flash flooding in steep terrain, officials warn.
With files from The Canadian Press