Strong winds knock out power to 10s of thousands across B.C.
A strong blast of cold windy weather has hit B.C. hard, resulting in power outages in communities far and wide across the province.
As of 7:30 p.m. PT, there were over 50,000 customers without power, with significant outages in Prince George, Quesnel, Salmon Arm, Parksville, Pender Island, Oak Bay, Saanich, and throughout the Lower Mainland.
A full list of outages can be found here.
“Damaging winds have caused multiple outages to customers in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the central Interior. We expect outages to increase until the winds abate,” wrote BC Hydro in a statement.
“Crews have been dispatched to these areas to work quickly and safely as possible. Exact restoration times will not be available until full damage assessments are complete later this evening. Please check back for the latest updates.”
Environment Canada is forecasting winds of up to 90 km/h throughout the Interior as the system passes through.
“Local tree damage or power outages are possible. Moderate northwest winds are expected to persist through Wednesday morning in the wake of the front,” wrote Environment Canada in a special weather statement.
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