More than 8,000 customers on the South Island are without power as BC Hydro works to address 12 outages due to the strong winds.
According to BC Hydro’s outage map, as of 3 p.m., 12 outages were reported affecting 8,077 customers on South Vancouver Island.
The bulk of the outages stem from the Gulf Islands, specifically Pender, Mayne and Saturna, according to BC Hydro.
All incidents either have a crew on-site, or on the way. Customers experiencing outages can check BC Hydro’s outage list for an update on the status and estimated restoration time here.
BC Hydro urges residents to stay away from any fallen power lines and report them immediately to the authorities.
In the meantime, customers are advised to prepare for the possibility of extended outages and to have emergency supplies such as flashlights, candles, and non-perishable food on hand.
The high winds today pose a risk of causing additional power outages.
Residents are reminded that a downed power wire is a serious matter. If you see one, stay back and dial 911.
BC Hydro recommends staying at least 10 meters (33 feet) away from any downed line, as the power from a downed wire has enough potential to surge through the ground over a wide area.
The distance is comparable to the length of a city bus.
Report a loss of service by calling 1-800-224-9376, or by visiting the outage map on BC Hydro’s website.