British Columbia

BC Hydro crews work overnight to restore power to thousands on the South Coast

BC Hydro crews worked overnight to restore power to thousands customers on the Gulf Islands, South Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland.

Strong wind gusts knocked down trees and caused outages to thousands of BC Hydro customers last night

BC Hydro's outage map shows areas hit by strong winds that knocked out electricity to people in the Gulf Islands and South Vancouver Island on Jan. 3. (BC Hydro)

BC Hydro crews worked throughout the night to restore power to thousands, after cold and windy weather knocked out power across the South Coast.

Some of the hardest-hit areas included Central and North Saanich, Mayne and Saturna Island, Langley and White Rock.

At one point, as many as 8,277 customers in the islands were affected by outages, and more than 2,600 customers in Surrey and the Fraser Valley.

The number of outages was reduced to under 1,000 as of 4:36 a.m. Wednesday. BC Hydro said crews hope to have most of the outages restored by morning.