Over 1,600 without power on Vancouver Island following storm

Over 1,600 without power on Vancouver Island following storm

A report released Friday morning by BC Hydro says storms and extreme weather events caused 265 per cent more power outages in 2017 compared to 2013 stats. File photo.

File photo.

A windstorm that hit parts of B.C.’s south coast early Sunday morning has resulted in 1,637 without power on Vancouver Island.

Areas in Sooke, Jordan River and Port Renfrew, Duncan, Chemainus, Salt Spring and Galiano Islands have been impacted.

Wind warnings and special weather statements that were issued have now been removed, and B.C. Hydro crews are working to get customers back on the grid.

Over 800 on the lower mainland are also without power.

B.C. Hydro has been extremely busy over the last month, following a historic storm that at its peak left over half-a-million customers without power.

READ MORE: Some BC Hydro customers won’t get the power back before Christmas

Those outages were resolved, but some communities such as those on the Gulf Islands are still without phone and internet services.

More details on the outages and times for restoration can be found here.


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