01/19/2015 10:37 EST | Updated 03/21/2015 05:59 EDT

Power restored to thousands after harsh weather causes outages across B.C.

VANCOUVER - The power is back on in homes across British Columbia after harsh weather and strong winds left thousands in the dark.

Mora Scott of BC Hydro says 30,000 customers reported an outage at the height of the storm on Sunday.

She says powerful winds caused trees and branches to fall on hydro wires, but crews worked hard to restore power as swiftly as possible.

The hardest-hit area was southern Vancouver Island, including the communities of Saanich, Colwood, Duncan, Langford and parts of Victoria.

The Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast also suffered mass power outages.