Downed Tree Sooke
(District of Sooke)

Violent overnight winds knocked out power Wednesday morning to thousands of customers across the Islands and Lower Mainland areas.

BC Hydro says that around 100,000 customers in the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island the Gulf Islands and the Southern Interior this morning were affected. They added that more outages were expected as winds continued.

As of this publication, 19,597 are still without power on Southern Vancouver Island.

Environment Canada data shows wind speeds exceeding 100 km/h in Victoria Gonzales and Race Rocks.

The lowest speeds of 67 km/h and 70 km/h were recorded in West Vancouver and Tofino respectively.

Reported damage was extensive across Vancouver Island, with downed power lines causing a road closure on Highway 14 between Port Renfrew and Grant Road.

Access to Sooke potholes was closed due to hazards from downed trees and powerlines. West Shore Parks also reported trees uprooted and knocked down by the wind.

The wind even led to at least one fire, with the Oak Bay Fire Department reporting that downed power lines had connected with a tree and ignited a blaze.

BC Hydro advised that downed power lines should be reported to 911 immediately and members of the public should stay at least 10 metres back from wires.

The energy service says that crews will be working throughout the day to safely restore power.

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