NEWS

BC Hydro power outages affect thousands after wind storm

12/12/2014 08:52 EST | Updated 02/11/2015 05:59 EST
A big windstorm knocked out power to thousands of BC Hydro customers on the South Coast of British Columbia overnight Thursday.

At the peak around 10 p.m. PT, wind gusts hit 70 to 120 km/h across the region and 45,000 customers eventually lost power

By 5:30 a.m. the winds had subsided and less than 30,000 customers were reported to be without power as crews worked to repair the damage. Some of the hardest hit areas were Langley, Surrey and Maple Ridge.

The windstorm is forecast to be the final one in a series of subtropical weather systems to hit the region over the past week, triggering evacuation orders and flood watches.

Flooding earlier in the week also led to boil water advisories in Comox and Nanaimo and water restrictions in Lions Bay.

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