Yep, we've had it here (Vancouver), too. We've actually fared better in our neighbourhood than many have. We were without power for 10 hours on Monday, and again yesterday for a couple of hours. Our fibreglas awning is toast. One of the panels got from the back of the house to the front and landed on the branch of our deodar that came down in the snow a couple of weeks ago. (That was interesting, too.) I think the current count of "removed" panels is 5. A neighbour up the street wasn't so lucky with their awning -- the whole structure tore off the house (back) and landed on their front lawn.
Stanley Park was closed, and with it the causeway to the Lion's Gate Bridge, one of two between the North Shore and Vancouver, until late yesterday. They opened the bridge in time for rush hour, but only to motor traffic -- no bikes, no pedestrians -- and the park is still closed.
There are trees severely damaged everywhere. My route to work is through one of the nice old neighbourhoods -- tree-lined streets, littered with piles of branches, and the ornamental trees -- well, I guess we'll see, come spring, but some of the "pruning" was pretty cruel.
And of course these falling branches are at least partly responsible for the power outages. On Monday, when we arrived home to darkness, we sought information about when power might be restored, before deciding whether to wait or go out for food. The recording on the BC Hydro line referred to a "major wind event" and said that crews would be going out to assess damage and prioitize repairs AFTER the wind let up. Wise, of course. But it meant that there was no estimate of how long that would take.
We were up and running shortly after midnight. But as of this morning, there were still 80,000+ BC Hydro customers without power. I have the distinct impression that Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have had it worse. Thankfully, Rob's Mum (in Victoria) has not been without power, but his sister who lives up-Island was there for a few days, left yesterday morning to drive home, and it was seriously not nice when she got there, complicated by the fact that just as she arrived another driver lost control of her vehicle and rammed the power pole that serves their house. Right! Not directly weather damage, but related and the place was just as dark.
I could say bunches more, but that's probably enough for now. By all accounts, it's the worst anyone remembers in this area. Mother Nature is not happy with us. Given the weird weather that's happening everywhere, I think she's tossed her cards up in the air, and said to us collectively, "OK, you guys, you're so blessed smart about Nature -- you figure it out!"