Typhoon Freda hit the coast of southern British Columbia on October 12, 1962 with wind gusts of up to 90 mph (140 km/h), causing significant damage including widespread power outages and shattered windows.
In His Own Words ...
Alumnus David Moore remembers the Day Freda came to TJC.
[TWU Archives: Oral History Collection Aud 230; view transcript of this 2004 oral history interview.]
[43:00] I was hoping that you would ask me whether there were any significant, interesting events that occurred while I was here. There was one, and that was Typhoon Freda, during that year, I think it was in October of the year. We had a typhoon that passed through Vancouver. A typhoon is a—really I guess it’s the term for hurricane but it comes off of the Pacific Ocean. And I recall that evening when Typhoon Freda was starting to move through our area. I had never ever experienced anything like that and I never have since. But we came out of our dorms, and we were standing outside here, listening to the roar in the sky, and you know when it gets windy, the wind really makes lots of noise blowing through the trees and everything; but this particular typhoon created a roar up in the sky that I had never heard before. And as we stood there with the wind blowing around us, trees started dropping on the campus, snapping off and falling down. So it was really quite an awesome experience. The following day when we got up early in the morning and went out, all down Glover Road heading towards Langley the power poles that parallel each side of the railroad track, they were all pushed over, not quite at forty-five degrees, but they were all leaning over - the wind had done a lot of damage. So that was one interesting thing that occurred during that year.