BRITISH COLUMBIA

High winds wreak havoc in north and Interior, but hydro mostly restored

03/16/2015 11:12 EDT | Updated 05/16/2015 05:59 EDT
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. - Cities across B.C. are recovering from an intense weekend windstorm that took out power lines, blew down trees and ripped back roofs.

BC Hydro says about 39,000 customers lost power after winds of up to 80 kilometres per hour gusted through the province Saturday.

Spokesman Dag Sharman says crews were particularly busy in Williams Lake and Prince George, while damage and outages were also reported in Chase and Shuswap.

Along with physical destruction also came financial repercussions — in Prince George, for example, customers were forced out of stores leaving full shopping cars behind.

In the Kamloops area, sharp winds cleaved off the roof of a carport, but no people were immediately reported injured.

Lights went back on for the majority of hydro customers by early Monday, except for nearly 3,000 people in the Central Interior. (CFJC, 250 News)