Tens of thousands still without power after B.C. windstorm | CBC News

Tens of thousands still without power after B.C. windstorm | CBC News
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Tens of thousands of British Columbians woke up in the dark Wednesday after a nasty windstorm knocked out power across the South Coast.

More than 35,000 people are without electricity in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast, as well as 20,000 people on southern Vancouver Island. BC Hydro is also reporting thousands of outages in the Okanagan, Kootenays, Thompson Shuswap and northern end of Vancouver Island.

“It is causing extensive damage to our electrical system because of branches and trees breaking and contacting our electrical equipment,” said BC Hydro spokesperson Susie Rieder said of the storm, which continued east through the Interior on Wednesday.

Residents near the coast were woken up late Tuesday by the blowing wind, which at one point topped 100 km/h in Victoria and…



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