Emily Vance / February 4, 2019

Three elementary schools in Abbotsford have been closed because of outages.

Outages across Lower Mainland leave thousands without power

BC Hydro is reporting just over 7100 homes in the Lower Mainland & Sunshine Coast are without power as of Monday morning.

A powerful storm swept through Abbotsford and Fraser Valley communities, including Agassiz, Harrison, parts of Chilliwack, and Hope.

Outages took place across the Gulf Islands, with ferry service between Vancouver and Bowen Island suspended until 9am Monday.

Ferry service has now resumed, but at the time of publication North Pender Island was still reporting outages.

Canadian Pacific train derailed near Field, kills 3

Three crew members are dead after a Canadian Pacific freight train was derailed near the BC-Alberta boundary early Monday morning.

The derailment happened near Field, BC, 225 km west of Calgary, in a section of rail that deals with a steep change in elevation.

Multiple outlets are reporting between 30 and 50 grain cars off the rails following this morning’s crash. (Canadian Pacific / Twitter)

Burnaby has one extreme weather shelter open, with 27 beds, as reported by the Homeless Services Association of BC. (Pixabay)

Warming shelters open across Metro Vancouver

As temperatures drop across BC, warming shelters are opening in the Lower Mainland to help those without adequate shelter stay warm.

The temperature is expected to drop to -7 degrees Celsius in Vancouver, with snow on the ground in much of the region.

BCIT reporter Carol Xu will be reporting live from a warming shelter at 12pm today on Evolution 107.9 FM.