(Photo by Colin Smith Photography)

On Thursday, December 20th, Vancouver Island and BC’s south coast was hit with one of the worst wind storms it has seen in recent years.

Trees were blown over, boats drifted from their docks, and over 100,000 Vancouver Island residents were left without power.

Despite BC Hydro crews working around the clock to get things back up and running, over 80,000 customers on the island are still experiencing outages because of the storm.

BC Ferries cancelled most of their sailings for the day, and even the iconic Butchart Gardens had to close its doors for the night.

In the midst of the chaos and confusion, islanders have managed to capture some truly telling images of the havoc wreaked by the wind storm.

Take a look:

Fallen hydro lines in Saanich near Just took a photo of the tree that fell near Mckenzie Ave (Robert Fraser)

(The much beloved tree located on Mt Newton Cross Road was blown over by Thursday’s high winds/Photo by James Younger)

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