High winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of electricity customers on B.C.'s South Coast and in western Washington, where and crews were working Saturday morning to get them back on line before the Seattle Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.
Puget Sound Energy reported more than 500 outages affecting nearly 40,000 customers Saturday morning, and said its crews were "in Beast Mode" working to restore service — a reference to the bruising style of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch.
Seattle City Light said that at one point early Saturday, it had 28,000 customers without power, but it managed to restore all but 8,000 within a few hours. Nevertheless, more heavy rain, winds and hail swept through early Saturday afternoon, knocking out power to thousands more.
The utility company advised people still without power at the start of the 1:30 p.m. PT game to find someplace else to watch it — such as the big screen at the Seattle Central Library. CenturyLink Field was not affected by the outages.
In B.C.'s Lower Mainland, around 25,000 BC Hydro customers lost power overnight due to high winds.
Environment Canada says another blast of strong wind was expected to hit the region Saturday night, with strong northwesterly winds upwards of 60 km/h and gusting to 90 km/h possible for Metro Vancouver.
Strong inflow winds are also expected in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Westerly winds gusting to 90 km/h are forecast for areas of Victoria bordering the strait.