Winds gusting up to 90 kilometres an hour Wednesday night have downed trees and hydro lines causing power outages in Greater Victoria, Duncan, Nanaimo, and the Southern Gulf Islands.
As of 10:30 p.m., 2,390 BC Hydro customers in Langford, Colwood and Metchosin were without power, while 3,371 customers in Nanaimo were also hit by outages.
Households in Duncan and on Pender Island, Mayne Island and Saturna Island were also in the dark.
An Environment Canada wind warning remains in effect for Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands for Wednesday night.
It warns those winds — which could reach up to 90 km/h — may cause damage and toss about loose objects.
The strongest winds, it says, should subside sometime later in the evening.