Thousands across B.C. lose power overnight after high winds
As of 3:45 a.m. PT, just over 40,000 customers were without power
A strong blast of cold windy weather has hit B.C. hard, resulting in power outages in communities far and wide across the province.
As of 3:45 a.m. PT, there were over 40,000 customers without power, with significant outages in Prince George, Quesnel, the entire Shuswap region, Parksville, Pender Island, Oak Bay, Saanich, and throughout the Lower Mainland.
Environment Canada said winds of up to 90 km/h were expected throughout Metro Vancouver and the Interior as the system passed through.
A full list of outages can be found here.
.<a href="https://twitter.com/bchydro">@bchydro</a> says just under 35,000 customers w/o power in the Lower Mainland. <a href="https://twitter.com/VanFireRescue">@VanFireRescue</a> dealing with a sparking wire on Dunbar. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BCstorm?src=hash">#BCstorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/VRnUi65rGe">pic.twitter.com/VRnUi65rGe</a>—@gpsmendoza
"Damaging winds have caused multiple outages to customers in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the central Interior. We expect outages to increase until the winds abate," wrote BC Hydro in a statement.
"Crews have been dispatched to these areas to work quickly and safely as possible. Exact restoration times will not be available until full damage assessments are complete later this evening. Please check back for the latest updates."
"Local tree damage or power outages are possible. Moderate northwest winds are expected to persist through Wednesday morning in the wake of the front," wrote Environment Canada in a special weather statement.
They ended their special weather statement for the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island just after 4:20 a.m. Wednesday.
Wind warnings issued for Metro Vancouver this evening. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/YVR?src=hash">#YVR</a> reporting gusts to 73 km/h <a href="https://t.co/ZBruLFhYcS">https://t.co/ZBruLFhYcS</a>—@JWagstaffe
I tried filming outside but nearly got blown over. Instead, here's through the kitchen window. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QualicumBeach?src=hash">#QualicumBeach</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcstorm?src=hash">#bcstorm</a> <a href="https://t.co/GKlbxLreDe">pic.twitter.com/GKlbxLreDe</a>—@Plan_Prep_Live
The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/richmondbc?src=hash">#richmondbc</a> River Green Sand dune <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/bcstorm?src=hash">#bcstorm</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/windy?src=hash">#windy</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/yvr?src=hash">#yvr</a> <a href="https://t.co/iIFXJibna2">pic.twitter.com/iIFXJibna2</a>—@erichharvey