Heavy winds Thursday morning brought down a tree in a yard at 33982 Old Yale Rd. in east Abbotsford. (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

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Abbotsford police offer warnings, advice amid wind storm

Prepare for power outages, and drive carefully, says APD spokesperson Sgt. Judy Bird

The most important thing for people to keep in mind in the midst of a wind storm, according to Abbotsford police, is to prepare for power outages.

“We would request that people please keep in mind that there’s a high possibility of power outages, to be prepared,” Abbotsford Police Department spokesperson Sgt. Judy Bird said. “If the power does go out, we want people to check on their neighbours who may be vulnerable, such as elderly folks or people that you know may need some help.”

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According to BC Hydro, one outage in the area just east of Mill Lake is affecting 4,300 customers. Another further north, at around Downes Road and Gladwin Road, is affecting 1,000 customers, and two outages in east Abbotsford, in the Sumas Prairie area, are affecting a combined 2,800 customers.

Power reportedly went out at the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre, but that is now back on.

Power outages can be reported to BC Hydro at 1-800-224-9376 or by texting *49376 on mobile, and an up-to-date interactive map of all outages can be found on the BC Hydro website.

Bird is also cautioning vehicle owners to drive with care, as heavy winds, can cause debris from trees and other nearby items to fly or fall into the roads.

“I just looked at our social media, and apparently it’s blowing quite hard. Also, up on Eagle Mountain and Sumas Mountain. Be diligent if you’re driving out there and there’s trees, to be prepared for debris on the roadway,” Bird said.

“The other thing is that these heavy winds can tend to blow people that are driving sideways. And they should be prepared that these winds can have an effect on your driving. They can blow you off course, so you should slow down.”

Bird says drivers should steer into the wind if they are being blown around, and if one doesn’t feel comfortable with driving, pull over and have someone pick you up.

Debris on the roads can be reported online at the “request for service” page on the City of Abbotsford website.

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