Sunday storm sweeps islands

  • Jan. 29, 2003 5:00 a.m.

High winds early Sunday morning caused a power outage in Port Clements and high seas in Skidegate Inlet, and problems for one fish boat on Moresby Island (see picture).
In Port Clements, resident Ruth Bellamy said the village suffered its third major power outage in a month, with power out from about 8:00 am to 1:30 pm.
“The storm was really gusty and loud enough to wake me up,” Ms. Bellamy said. She speculates that there must be an area between Port Clements and Masset where trees come down easily in the wind, because trees on the hydro lines have been causing the power outages.
Further south, the Sandspit Coast Guard Auxilliary and a BC Ferries employee responded to a call for help at 6:25 am from a private vessel docked in Alliford Bay. The 40-foot boat sustained damage from high winds and dock pounding. In the end, the vessel was able to make its way to the lee side of a nearby island where it could moor safely, says Carol Fitzsimmons, administrative assistant to the Superintendent of Marine Search and Rescue.
And a fishboat owned by Vince Pearson of Skidegate ended up on the shore, after being pounded by the storm.
The Kwuna also felt the affects, with high winds and heavy seas cancelling sailings until early Sunday afternoon.