Winds put BC Hydro customers on Hornby, Denman Island in dark

Marcus Newton
December 25, 2018

On Saturday, about 66,000 people in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands remained without power.

A boat is battered by waves and slammed into the White Rock Pier that was severely damaged during a windstorm, in White Rock, B.C., on Thursday December 20, 2018.

The low is expected to make landfall near central Vancouver Island near noon then across the mainland coast this afternoon.

Environment Canada issued a warning yesterday advising residents on the West Coast of powerful winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

Firefighters survey damage in Maple Ridge during a storm on December 20.

Posts on the utility's website say Vancouver Island was the hardest hit, while tens of thousands of customers remained without power overnight from northern Vancouver Island all the way east to Hope.

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Most of the damage to power lines, power poles and transformers was on Vancouver Island, where a total of about 55,000 homes are still without power.

That's roughly half as many as were affected at the height of Thursday's windstorm, which BC Hydro described as one of the most severe weather systems its crews have dealt with in years.

That included a house at 15th Avenue and Yukon Street in Vancouver, where a large tree snapped and fell down onto the roof.

"All available crews and resources will be working around the clock until the damage is repaired", the Crown corporation said in an outage update Friday.

In Nanaimo, officials are urging residents to conserve water as the city continues to fix its water treatment plant, which was also damaged in the storm on Thursday.

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