Several power outages across central and northern Vancouver Island have left more than 6,000 BC Hydro customers without power Thursday morning.
The power outage affecting the most customers is in Nanaimo, where a tree fell down across hydro wires around 9:00 a.m. More than 2,300 customers are without power due to that outage. Crews are on their way to restore power.
Another downed tree across wires in Parksville has left about 1,800 customers without power.
At least two of the other outages affecting hundreds were caused by fallen wires or downed trees, according to BC Hydro’s outage list.
Environment Canada has issued public weather alerts for north, east and west Vancouver Island. A rainfall warning is in effect for the northern Island, especially near Port Alice through this morning.
A wind warning has been issued for east Vancouver Island from Courtenay to Campbell River and Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay early this morning.
Environment Canada has also put a rainfall warning in place for western Vancouver Island, especially from Ucluelet northwards going into this evening.