Thousands of people on Vancouver Island are without power following a spring windstorm.
BC Hydro reports 191 power outages affecting 16,897 customers on Vancouver Island as of 6:52 a.m. Thursday.
The majority of outages are between Qualicum Beach and Langford. There are also over 6,000 customers on Galiano Island, Mayne Island, Pender Island and Saturna Island without power.
Large pockets of the Cowichan Valley, in particular, are in the dark, including 1,332 customers in Chemainus, 1,106 customers north of Dogwood Road in Ladysmith and some 600 customers between Cowichan Bay and Cobble Hill.
In Nanaimo, more than 1,127 customers are without power.
There are 1,641 customers in Langford, Highlands in and around Bear Mountain Parkway without power. Elsewhere in the Greater Victoria Area, 232 customers at Brentwood Bay, 210 customers at Willis Point, 255 customers at View Royal and 116 customers near Victoria General Hospital are without power this morning.
The outages were largely the result of a windstorm that continued overnight. The storm on Wednesday left more than 50,000 customers on the island without power, and BC Hydro said some customers in the Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach areas would be without power overnight.
Saanich PD also reports that the 1700 block of Cedar Hill Cross Roads remains closed due to a large tree that fell yesterday afternoon.
Following Wednesday’s strong wind, seismographs in Victoria and Nanaimo picked up significant amounts of ground shaking.
Today #BCStorm had quite the punch. Just ask these people in a #Nanaimo mobile home park. A carport was hit by the tree. No one was hurt. @CHEK_News Credit: Verna Carole Falconer pic.twitter.com/jxOTRheNeX
— Dean Stoltz (@deanstoltzchek) May 19, 2022
And another #weather record… not just a new daily record for the #YYJ the airport but also a new monthly record for the windiest May day ever recorded at the airport with gusts up to 82 km/h.
💨 🥇 💨 🥇 💨 🥇 💨 @CHEK_News @CHEK_media #yyjwx #BCstorm #weather #BCwind https://t.co/jRFqIwZg2H
—Tess van Straaten (@tessvanstraaten) May 19, 2022
Trees are collapsing all around and branches are flying, in this extreme wind storm, terrifying horses in Nanaimo. Here’s what it looks like from their perspective@CHEK_News @Marie_Griffin_ #horses @animallawcanada #bcstorm pic.twitter.com/VDgA2MQj0q
— Skye Ryan (@SkyeRyanCHEK) May 18, 2022
Very, very windy indeed! pic.twitter.com/7Oxam4EMxZ
— Nicholas M. Pescod (@npescod) May 19, 2022
ROAD CLOSURE: The 1700 block of Cedar Hill X Rd remains closed this morning until crews can remove this large tree that fell late afternoon yesterday. A diversion is in place on either side of this closure. #yyjtraffic #Saanich pic.twitter.com/wl1cG3DqYD
— Saanich Police (@SaanichPolice) May 19, 2022
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