Strong winds hit Victoria Tuesday night, causing power outages and fallen trees.
Wind gusts reached 94 kilometres per hour at Gonzales and 115 km/h at the Trial Island Lighthouse. The powerful winds knocked down trees and power lines after Environment Canada issued a wind warning for Greater Victoria and eastern Vancouver Island.
A summary of last night's winds across the South Coast #BCstorm More details here: https://t.co/Aho10rrzF3 Standby for Interior winds pic.twitter.com/KCnjeVaDFM
— ECCC Weather BC (@ECCCWeatherBC) May 24, 2017
At one point during the storm, a large tree fell onto a truck at Moss Street in Victoria, causing extensive damage.
According to BC Hydro, at the peak of the storm, 25,000 customers on Vancouver Island were without power due to downed power lines. Across the province, 184,000 customers were affected.
The gusty winds were due to an intense cold front sweeping across the province last night. Environment Canada removed the wind warning for the area as winds eased overnight. By Wednesday afternoon, BC Hydro said crews were working on restoration with 19,000 customers still without power in the province.