Over 16,000 without power on Vancouver Island: BC Hydro


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.

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