Fierce winds cause damage

A busy, one-block section of West Georgia Street was closed during the evening rush hour yesterday after high winds caused a large piece of plate glass to dangle precariously.



Pedestrians and vehicle traffic had to look for detours, delaying their commute home, as workers were not able to reach the dangling glass until the wind subsided. The damaged window was on the 33rd floor of the Terasen Gas building, in the 1100 block of West Georgia between Thurlow and Bute streets.


The winds also sent some construction materials flying at a nearby construction site, damaging at least two cars, according to Vancouver police.

Debris from the under-construction Shangri-la building, which when completed will be Vancouver’s tallest tower, were also sent flying. No injuries have been reported.

As the winds gained strength, TransLink rerouted North Shore buses to the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge to avoid the Lions Gate Bridge.