Thousands of Vancouver Island residents are without power on Friday morning after heavy winds swept through multiple communities.
According to the BC Hydro outage map, the largest population being affected is in the Metchosin and Colwood areas.
BC Hydro says that nearly 2,700 customers have been without power since shortly after 10:20 a.m. this morning.
Crews are currently on the scene, investigating the source of the problem.
Elsewhere, over 450 residents are without power in the area between Sooke and Jordan River.
In the Port Renfrew area, another 411 customers have been experiencing an outage since just before 9 a.m. this morning.
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Nearly 100 customers have gone dark in East Sooke and 181 residents are without power in View Royal.
BC Hydro crews are either on their way to current outages or already investigating while working to restore power.
To monitor the status of each outage, visit BC Hydro’s website.
Yesterday afternoon a wind warning was issued by Environment Canada that still remains in effect for the south coast.
The weather agency predicts winds between 70 km/hr and 90 km/hr will hit Greater Victoria near the Juan de Fuca Strait and carry on into the afternoon.
Environment Canada cautions the public that “high winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break.”