Over 3,000 customers on Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands are still without power following strong winds that hit the coast Friday.

B.C. Hydro says they made significant progress overnight, at the peak of the storm over 50,000 across the province were without power.

“The real area hit the hardest is the west coast, access has been a real problem to places like Port Renfrew… there was a lot of snow,” said B.C. Hydro spokesperson Ted Olynyk.

“We are conscious of the [developing] weather and cold temperatures… so we are bringing in more crews to expedite progress.”

They hope a majority of the outages will be restored, but say not everyone may be back on the grid by tonight.

“Right now we’re going to be about 3,000 customers out. We still have about 100 customers in the gulf islands, but the last big numbers are on the west coast. Sooke, Port Renfrew, Jordan River, Shirley, those are the areas that are causing us the most trouble right now,” said Olynyk.

Outages from downed lines and other safety risks are being prioritized by crews, updates on outages can be found here.

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