BC Hydro crews have been busy Monday restoring power to thousands on Vancouver Island, but many remain in the dark.
According to BC Hydro, there were 29,366 customers without power on the Island as of 7:28 p.m. Monday. The majority of those without power are located on the South Island while only 172 customers in North Island were without power.
At one point, there were more than 52,000 people had been in the dark, but crews have been working throughout the day to restore power.
BC Hydro said the largest outage was in Colwood and Langford where 3,352 customers south of Pickford Road, north of School Way, east of Bluebird Green and west of Ocean Boulevard were without power.
Outages were also reported in Metchosin, Sooke, View Royal, Highlands, Saanich, Central Saanich, Esquimalt, Victoria, Duncan and North Cowichan.
We’re aware of an outage affecting 30,000 customers in the #Colwood, #Langford, #Goldstream, #Sooke and #ViewRoyal area. Crews have been assigned and will share updates here: https://t.co/1vlYt4amLD pic.twitter.com/GILauYJWjc
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) November 15, 2021
There were just over 2,500 homes and businesses without power on the North Island as of 4:15 p.m., the majority of which were in Tofino, affecting homes north, south, east and west of the Pacific Rim Highway. BC Hydro crews were on-site dealing with the outage as of 3:30 p.m.
While the cause of many of the outages were under investigation, it was expected that many were caused by wind gusts of up to 90 kilometres an hour in the region.
BC Hydro did not provide an estimate of how long it would take for the bulk of the outages.
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