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B.C. residents share how they endured brutal windstorm

With British Columbia's windstorm smashing cars, toppling trees and putting hundreds of thousands of people out of power, many have been keen to share their experiences online.

Many found creative ways to spend the night without power

Saturday's windstorm toppled trees, smashed cars and caused the worst power outage in a decade 3:04

With British Columbia's windstorm smashing cars, toppling trees and putting hundreds of thousands of people out of power, many have been keen to share their experiences online.

Some shared the sheer intensity of the storm as it travelled through their neighbourhood, like in this time-lapse footage below.

Then there was dealing with the aftermath. 

Many found ways to spend the night without power, whether it was playing games

a candle-lit dinner with a stuffed creature,

or cooking pizza bagels over a warm fire.

BC Hydro says 500,000 customers were out of power during the night, leading one man to get creative about his morning coffee. 

One woman simply felt grateful to have had good friends and shelter from the storm.

As the electricity returned for some, they celebrated.

There's still many people left stuck without power.

But people are already figuring out how to deal. 

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