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.

Brewers Reportedly Trade Domingo Santana to Mariners
Santana was a contributor for the Brewers when they faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 NLCS. The Harvard product had a 3.03 ERA over 19 relief appearances with Short-A Everett and Single-A Modesto.

"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.

Recommended News

  • Birmingham airport suspends services due to fault

    Birmingham airport suspends services due to fault

    There are 757 flights scheduled for Saturday, carrying more than 124,000 passengers, an airport spokesman said. On its website, Gatwick said its runway was open and it aimed to run a full schedule over the weekend.
    Christmas shopping: Have your habits changed?

    Christmas shopping: Have your habits changed?

    Numerous last-minute purchases will be in physical stores, which have struggled after consumer shopping habits shifted some sales online.
    Bills sign Barkley to two-year extension

    Bills sign Barkley to two-year extension

    For perhaps the first time in his National Football League career, former USC QB Matt Barkley appears to have some job security. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Barkley in the fourth round of the 2013 draft out of Southern California.
  • Peter Schmeichel interested in Manchester United football director role

    Peter Schmeichel interested in Manchester United football director role

    Schmeichel said whoever becomes the director of football at United needed to get their " culture and identity back ". He's a product of Sir Alex and that's something he can inject in the coming months.
    Watch Baker Mayfield put the Browns on the board twice

    Watch Baker Mayfield put the Browns on the board twice

    The Cleveland Browns are mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, but the team is still giving their best effort today. The Browns entered 2018 winning one game in the last two seasons, a standard of futility unmatched in the NFL.
    LG Will Debut Its Cinebeam 4K Laser Projector at CES 2019

    LG Will Debut Its Cinebeam 4K Laser Projector at CES 2019

    As it is a reasonably compact projector, it can be moved around easily - even stored away and used for special occasions. Korean tech giant LG Electronics just announced the successor of the well-received CineBeam Laser 4K projector.
  • Ohio Braces for Shutdown Over Latest Abortion Restrictions

    Ohio Braces for Shutdown Over Latest Abortion Restrictions

    Opponents of the heartbeat bill include the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Ohio Medical Association. It is often a matter of passing something small enough that it is less likely to be contested as unconstitutional.
    Baker Mayfield Stares Hue Jackson Down As He Runs Past Him

    Baker Mayfield Stares Hue Jackson Down As He Runs Past Him

    All eyes outside Cleveland will be anxious about the Hue-Baker midfield chat, but Browns fans only care about seeing another win. With only two games left this season, the Cleveland Browns have a real shot at finishing 2018 with a winning season.
    Bears-49ers melee: Richard Sherman, 2 others ejected after fight on sideline

    Bears-49ers melee: Richard Sherman, 2 others ejected after fight on sideline

    Danny Trevathan provided the signature turnover, while Akiem Hicks and Khalil Mack maintained their signature play-making ways. Howard's 53 yards on 13 carries helped Bears coach Matt Nagy manage the clock on a day that saw his team catch some breaks.
  • Rooney urges Manchester United to hire a manger like Jurgen Klopp

    Rooney urges Manchester United to hire a manger like Jurgen Klopp

    Whatever happened no longer matters as everyone will look forward to a new beginning under someone who supporters already love. You want to go and play and win because it means so much to him".
    The 50th anniversary of Apollo 8: Humanity’s first trip to the Moon

    The 50th anniversary of Apollo 8: Humanity’s first trip to the Moon

    But without Apollo 8, noted George Washington's Logsdon, NASA likely would not have met President John F. The Apollo 8 presentation will also be streamed live on Griffith Observatory's YouTube channel.
    Knicks interested in trading for Bulls forward Parker

    Knicks interested in trading for Bulls forward Parker

    He would be a great fit for them and he would give them a lot of help since they are still without Kristaps Porzingis . It's obvious that the Knicks don't want Lee anymore so he should be the player that they trade to get Parker.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.