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A number of power outages have affected southern Vancouver Island residents this afternoon, likely due to the surprise high winds.

Residents in Oak Bay, North Saanich and Central Saanich, as well as Metchosin, Sooke, Duncan, and Salt Spring Island have been left in the dark as BC Hydro is investigating power outages in each area.

Over 5,800 residents have been affected by the power outage.

Outages began around 2 p.m. for most areas, with some beginning in the morning.

As of 3:16 p.m.,BC Hydro was still investigating the majority of the power outages.

This afternoon, wind warnings in Greater Victoria were in effect with wind moving west at 30 km/h and gusting to 50 km/h.

Currently, there are no wind warnings in effect.

If your outage isn’t shown, call 1-800-BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376) or *HYDRO (*49376) on your mobile or report it online.

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