Winds gusting up to 90 km/h across B.C.'s South Coast have eased off as BC Hydro continues to scramble to restore power to thousands of customers.

Environment Canada has cancelled wind warnings, which were in place for much of Sunday for several areas of B.C.'s South Coast including Greater Victoria, the southern Gulf Islands, Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

In Seattle, where high winds and rain were also experienced, firefighters say a man died after his car was struck by a falling tree in Seward Park.

Environment Canada said winds were strong enough to damage buildings and toss objects. There were no reports of injuries in B.C. on Sunday.

By 5:30 p.m. PT, there were 14,000 customers without power on South Vancouver Island and 6972 across the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast. By 8 p.m. PT that number grew to more than 16,000.

BC Hydro said on its web site that crews have been dispatched to all areas impacted by outages and will be working throughout the night to restore power.

Meanwhile the Queen of New Westminster bound for Tsawwassen was forced to hold in dock at Swartz Bay due to severe weather, but was able to resume regular service.

Environment Canada said the powerful winds would move into the B.C. interior overnight.

Last week, a Port Moody woman was killed in her bed when a tree smashed through the roof of her home during a powerful windstorm.

On Thursday, strong winds downed power lines and trees, closed schools and forced BC Ferries to cancel several sailings along the South Coast, while one woman was killed when a tree fell on her house in Port Moody.

The storm also caused about 110,000 BC Hydro customers to lose power on the Lower Mainland, including Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Sunshine Coast.

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