There's complete chaos in the city while Vancouver is currently experiencing an intense wind storm. There are damages and wreckages across the city and province due to the strong winds that are as powerful as over 100 km an hour. Almost 200,000 people in BC have been affected by power outages today. The 100-year-old White Rock Pier even collapsed and left one person trapped.
According to Environment Canada, in Metro Vancouver, "winds will switch to southwesterly 70 to 90 km/h early this afternoon, with stronger gusts likely above 100 km/h". This wind is expected to let up in the evening, but many places in Vancouver are now closed due to the severe storm.
The Vancouver Park Board just announced in a tweet around fifteen minutes ago that there are several closures across the city at major attractions and events. Here are all the places that are currently closed due to the severe wind storm. Make sure you check before you head out to one of these popular areas that there are not weather closures.
Due to continued high winds the following #VanParkBoard sites/attractions are CLOSED:— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) December 21, 2018
- All of #StanleyPark including the seawall and Bright Nights Christmas Train
- VanDusen Festival of Lights
- Holiday Heights at Bloedel (as of 6pm)#BCstorm @CityofVancouver pic.twitter.com/laWEMnRUch
The entire Stanley Park is shut down, which is not something that happens very often. Access to the park, the seawall, and even the Bright Nights Christmas Train is now closed. According to their tweet, this is due to high winds and risk of falling branches.
Access to #StanleyPark is CLOSED until further notice due to high winds and risk of falling branches. Park Rangers will be redirecting traffic and pedestrians at the Pipeline Rd. Roundabout. Lagoon Drive is closed as is Seawall between 3rd Beach and Lions Gate Bridge. pic.twitter.com/PRnkBsjMxi— Vancouver Park Board (@ParkBoard) December 20, 2018
If you were looking to partake in some Christmas festivities tonight, this probably is not the best time. Not only is the Bright Nights Christmas Train closed, but also the VanDusen Botanical Garden, which is where the Festival of Lights takes place. Holiday Heights at the Bloedel Conservatory will also be closed down tonight, as of 6 PM.
Capilano Suspension Bridge Park also announced on their Instagram page that Canyon Lights and the park would be completely closed down tonight due to the high winds. They will reopen again tomorrow morning at 11 AM.
The Renfrew Community Centre is also closed, the Vancouver Park Board announced on Twitter.
#PacificSpiritRegionalPark in #Vancouver has been CLOSED due to high winds and the potential for injury to park visitors from falling trees and other debris.— Metro Vancouver (@MetroVancouver) December 20, 2018
At this time, please stay out of the park for your safety. #windstorm https://t.co/cQLRarW2dO pic.twitter.com/fZLZDlPlcP
Stanley Park isn't the only park that is closed in the city. Metro Vancouver announced that Pacific Spirit Park at UBC is also shut down because of high winds and the potential for injury.
Residents are now being recommended to stay indoors and avoid the windy weather, according to The Weather Network.