Hydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British Columbians

BC Hydro outage map showing areas affected on Hornby Island and Denman Island

BC Hydro outage map showing areas affected on Hornby Island and Denman Island

The powerful windstorm that swept across British Columbia's south coast Thursday is being described by BC Hydro as one of the most severe in many years.

About 66,000 homes across B.C.'s south coast are still without power after a windstorm caused extensive damage to BC Hydro infrastructure on Thursday.

At its height, about 400,000 customers lost electricity and many remained without power overnight.

Today's windy weather has put BC Hydro customers in the dark on Hornby Island and Denman Island.

Nine schools in Abbotsford remained closed Friday because of the continued power outages.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says on Twitter a helicopter crew successfully hoisted the person to safety.

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"Sustained southeast winds of 50 to 80 km/h have already developed early this morning over much of the south coast and will increase to 70 to 90 km/h later this morning", read the notice from Environment Canada.

It's believed it was brought down by the severe winds that caused widespread power outages and snapped trees like matchsticks across Vancouver Island.

More than 530,000 customers have gotten their power back since the storm hit on Thursday. However, travellers should expect a backlog of travellers after all the major routes were shut down on Thursday because of the storm.

East Vancouver Island - Nanoose Bay to Fanny Bay.

The BC Coroners Service said a person was killed by a falling tree in Duncan on Vancouver Island, although it is unclear if the tree fell because of the strong winds.

A powerful low pressure system is quickly approaching the B.C. Coast this morning.

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