Tree comes down on a Saanich home during Wednesday night wind storm


WATCH: Gloria Bertrand was watching TV when a tree crashed down on a neighbouring home, knocking out power to the two houses on Carey Road in Saanich.

Strong winds knocked out power to many homes on Vancouver Island, and the owners of one Saanich house are facing repairs after a tree came down on their roof.

The tree crashed over a home in the 3500-block of Carey Road and knocked out power to it and a neighbouring house.

There were no injuries and a branch punctured a hole in the roof.

Gloria Bertrand lives next door and while watching TV around 9:30 p.m., she heard a loud noise and then everything went dark in her home.

“Well, last night I was watching Stephen Colbert and crash; and the power went out,” Bertrand said.

“I thought it was the whole Carey Road, but I looked around and everybody else had power and everybody says ‘come on out, look at the tree!'”

B.C. Hydro, police and fire personnel were on the scene shortly afterwards to assess the situation.

Bertrand says power was restored around 2:30 a.m and estimates the tree was about 60 feet in size.

Capital Tree Services was on hand Thursday morning to remove the tree and debris from the house.

High winds between 70 and 90 kilometres an hour knocked out power to thousands of people Wednesday night.

B.C. Hydro had to restore electricity to 2,400 customers in Colwood, Langford and Metchosin and 3,600 in Nanaimo.

More than 3,000 customers were without power Thursday morning on Gabriola Island.

Wires were also down on the Southern Gulf Islands.

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