Wind storms and snowfall knock out power to thousands across BC

Wind storms and snowfall knock out power to thousands across BC
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A map from Environment Canada showing wind warnings for the province on Thursday.

Wind storms across B.C. and snowstorms in the northern part of the province knocked out power to thousands on Friday.

Over a 24 hour period beginning on Friday at about 9:00 a.m., BC Hydro reported outages in Surrey, Delta, Vernon, Richmond, and several other communities in the lower mainland and into the central and northern parts of province.

On Vancouver Island and on surrounding islands, BC Hydro reported outages in Parksville, Quadra Island, Chemainus, and Gabriola Island, with over 7,000 customers affected.

By Saturday morning, BC Hydro reported that the majority of the outages had been restored.

“Crews worked through the night to restore as many customers as possible following yesterday’s heavy snowfall in Northern B.C. and windstorm throughout the province,” BC Hydro tweeted at 9:34 a.m. Saturday morning. “Work continues this morning to restore remaining customers.”

The wind storm also adversely affected the operations of BC Ferries, with several cancellations of sailings along major routes.

Tim FordTim Ford

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