Thousands left without power on Vancouver Island as B.C. hit by fall storm

Thousands left without power on Vancouver Island as B.C. hit by fall storm

Crews work to remove downed power lines across the northbound lanes of the Inland Island Highway at Parksville on Oct. 17. Traffic is being diverted to the old highway.

Thousands of people were left without power on Vancouver Island Tuesday as a powerful fall storm hit the province.

According to BC Hydro, damaging winds caused multiple outrages to customers on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, the Sunshine Coast and the Interior. BC Hydro said it expects outages to increase until the winds abate. Crews are going to the affected areas to restore power but exact restoration times are not available until full damage assessments are complete.

BC Hydro outages on Vancouver Island are listed in two regions: north and south. On northern Vancouver Island, just over 4,000 BC Hydro customers were affected. In Parksville, 1,646 customers were without power starting at 8:18 a.m. and power lines were down across the northbound lanes of Highway 19, one kilometre north of the junction with Highway 19A. The highway is now open.

On Tuesday morning, BC Hydro said more than 7,600 were without power on southern Vancouver Island, including around 7, 490 in Oak Bay, Saanich and Victoria.

By 4:30, power had been restored to most of the customers on Vancouver Island.

There is a wind warning in effect for Greater Victoria, North Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Islands.

Environment Canada said winds of up to 90 kilometres per hour are expected in coastal and central parts of B.C. later today, before easing tonight.

Greater Victoria, East Vancouver Island, Inland Vancouver Island, North Vancouver Island and West Vancouver Island are also under a special weather statement due to another strong fall storm that is expected to arrive early Wednesday. Environment Canada said the storm is expected bring more wind and heavy rain. According to Environment Canada, falling leaves may block storm drains. Combined with significant rain, this can lead to local flooding.

To view the list of the current of power outages, visit the BC Hydro website.

Fallen power lines in Parksville on Oct. 17. More than 1,600 people were left without power in the community.



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