TransLink says storm-related UBC bus disruptions could last "several days"; Environment Canada warns of high winds Monday and Tuesday

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      TransLink announced in a Sunday (November 7) release that fallen trees from Saturday's windstorm will disrupt bus service to UBC. (Note: some updated information from TransLink has been added to this article Sunday at 2:55 p.m.)

      It said that because of trees blocking University Boulevard from Blanca Street to Wesbrook Mall, it will be diverting bus traffic through West 16th Avenue and Chancellor Boulevard.

      It advised that this detour could take "several days" while a Ministry of Transportation contractor clears "the large number of fallen trees". (The release is provided in full, including a phone number for trip-planning information, at the bottom of this article.)

      Meanwhile, Environment Canada issued a strong-winds alert Sunday morning for Metro Vancouver and the South Coast area for Monday night and Tuesday.

      Environment Canada issued a tornado watch for Vancouver at about 5:30 p..m. Saturday following sightings of a waterspout near Vancouver International Airport.

      The warning was rescinded about an hour later, but a special weather statement is now in place for Metro Vancouver for strong winds Monday night and Tuesday.

      Environment Canada warned of "strong southeast winds of 110 km/h except up to 80 km/h for inner south coast waters" due to a "rapidly deepening weather system [that] will generate strong southeast winds over the west coast of Vancouver Island, Central Coast, and Haida Gwaii beginning Monday evening."

      The agency says that the southeast winds will "quickly progress" into the South Coast and "remain very intense Tuesday", with "blustery conditions...expected to continue".

      Residents are advised to stay alert to changing conditions and to check for weather updates due to uncertainty about the severity of the system: "The exact track and strength of the weather system is still uncertain. Any changes in the evolution of this system can affect the timing and strength of the winds. As the event nears, wind warnings may be issued."

      Following is the Sunday UBC TransLink release in its entirety:

      "Due to fallen trees from yesterday’s windstorm, University Blvd from Blanca Street to Wesbrook Mall is closed to all traffic.

      "Please be advised that bus service on routes 004, 014, 099 will be diverted from University Blvd through W 16th Ave with traditional buses. [The following is an update from TransLink: "Routes 004 and 014 will continue to use W 16th Avenue to go up to UBC, while the 099 will use Chancellor. University Blvd remains closed to all traffic".]

      "Our crews are working hard to restore service as they wait for the City of Vancouver to clear the large number of fallen trees. We have been advised, this could take several days, until regular access is opened to traffic on this route.

      "There are signs at the impacted bus stops along University Blvd to inform customers of the alternate routes and transit supervisors are on the ground helping redirect customers. Riders seeking alternative routes are encouraged to consult our Trip Planner online or contact our customer information desk (604-953-3333) for trip planning advice.

      "We thank our passengers for their patience and regret this inconvenience."