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Windstorm knocks out power to hundreds on B.C.'s south coast

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Andrea Bagley
Digital Reporter

Monday, February 17, 2014, 12:26 PM -

About 1,700 residents on B.C.'s south coast woke up to no power on Monday morning.

A damaging windstorm ripped through the region Sunday, bringing wind gusts of over 130 km/h to some places.

While wind gusts in Vancouver weren't as strong, there was still enough force for downed trees and powerlines.

"Weather is a leading cause of power outages in B.C," tweeted BC Hydro Monday morning.

Environment Canada had issued widespread wind warnings for the province on Sunday.

Avalanche conditions across the province also remain "high" in most places.

Officials say the combination of recent heavy rain and snow have resulted in very dangerous and unstable avalanche conditions.

On Saturday, a 35-year-old Alberta snowmobiler died in an avalanche near Revelstoke.

Snowfall warnings remained in place for areas including Whistler early Monday, where an additional 15-30 cm of snow is possible through Tuesday. 

That's after 45 cm of snow piled up on Saturday and Sunday.

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