Thousands are without power on Vancouver Island as heavy winds continue throughout Monday.
According to BC Hydro’s website, there are 40 outages affecting 18,261 customers on Vancouver Island as of 4:12 p.m. Monday.
The majority of the outages are now in the Greater Victoria region, including Colwood, Langford, Saanich, View Royal, Highlands and Sooke, where an estimated 7,000 customers are without power. There are also outages reported in Duncan and Nanaimo.
More than 2,500 customers on Salt Spring, Pender, Saturna and Mayne islands are also without power. BC Hydro has also issued a regional alert warning that customers in Musgrave Landing on Salt Spring Island will be without power overnight.
“Crews continue to work to restore power from damage caused by the most recent storm, we expect most customers on the Gulf Islands will be restored today, but due to remote access customers in Musgrave Landing on Salt Spring Island will be without power overnight. Crews are expected to arrive first thing tomorrow morning,” BC Hydro said in a statement on its website.
Outages that had been reported in Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Nanaimo, Ladysmith, Chemainus, Qualicum Bay and Whiskey Creek have now been restored, according to BC Hydro.
Many of the outages are under investigation, however, some have been attributed to trees down across wires.
Heavy winds have been ongoing throughout the day across Vancouver Island while some parts briefly experienced hail. Environment Canada has issued wind warnings for western Vancouver Island and Greater Victoria.
Full outage details can be found here.
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