UPDATE: Thousands on Vancouver Island remain without power due to heavy winds, snow


Thousands remain without power on Vancouver Island amid heavy winds and snow.

BC Hydro has issued a regional alert for north Vancouver Island, warning customers that strong winds and snowfall in some areas are continuing to cause a number of outages and that customers in Bamfield will be without power overnight.

“Crews continue to work to restore power, but at this point customers in Bamfield will be out overnight due to difficulty safely accessing the damaged area this evening. Thanks for your patience and we’ll post additional information as it is available,” BC Hydro said in a statement on its website.

According to BC Hydro’s website, as of 6:52 p.m. Sunday, more than 5,000 customers on the Island are without power, including more than 1,780 customers in Courtenay and more than 850 customers in Campbell River.

Additionally, more than 800 customers in Gold River, around 700 customers in Tahsis and Zeballos and more than 400 customers in Port Alberni are also without power. Outages are also being reported in Campbell River, Qualicum Beach and Sayward.

Elsewhere, 77 customers near Port Renfrew are also without power.

For a full list of outages, click here.

An earlier version of this story is below

Over 4,200 are without power on Vancouver Island following heavy winds and snow.

According to BC Hydro, a total of 4,271 customers — mostly on northern Vancouver Island — are without power as of 10:15 a.m. Sunday (Jan. 2).

The majority of outages are in the Campbell River and Courtenay areas. There are 1,936 customers in Campbell River without power while 1,487 customers in the Courtenay area are also in the dark.

The largest single outage is on Hornby Island where 1,283 customers are without power.

Elsewhere, 656 customers in Sayward, 100 customers in Port Alberni, and 77 customers in Port Renfrew are also without power.

The outages come after heavy winds and snow hit Vancouver Island on Saturday.

For a full list of outages, click here.


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