Strong winds cause multiple power blackouts across BC

The incident happened at the height of the storm, which BC Hydro says knocked out power to 210,000 customers on the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast, parts of Vancouver Island and the southern Interior.

The largest outage is on South Vancouver Island where almost 7,000 residents are without power, including 4,000 due to high winds in the Oak Bay/Saanich area of Greater Victoria.

Hydro crews were also repairing downed power lines on Vancouver Island, the Central Interior and the Okanagan-Kooteney regions. Across the province, 184,000 customers were affected.

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Weather map for early this evening: Cold front sweeping through BC with gusty winds, cooler weather later. By Wednesday afternoon, BC Hydro said crews were working on restoration with 19,000 customers still without power in the province.

Environment Canada had issued either wind warnings or special weather statements for much of B.C. late Tuesday, saying westerly winds of 70-90 km/h were likely before easing overnight. "It's a really challenging situation for us when we have a storm like this, because it's blowing down so many trees onto our lines, blowing down lines, broken poles, damaged equipment".

Cindy Yu, Environment Canada meteorologist, said the winds came in from the Strait of Juan de Fuca about 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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