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Thousands still without power as high winds hit B.C. South Coast

Monday, November 30th 2020, 9:04 pm - Winds in south, the tail end of an overnight storm, are expected to end Monday afternoon.

About 4,000 BC Hydro customers on the South Coast and Vancouver Island are still without power as the tail end of a rainy, windy overnight storm brings gusts of up to 100 km/h to coastal areas of B.C.

BC Hydro said more than 2,600 customers on the southern and northern ends of Vancouver Island are in the dark, with a further 1,400 without electricity in the Lower Mainland and on the Sunshine Coast.

Earlier Monday, the number of customers without power had approached 20,000.

Wind warnings have been in effect for much of the day in Greater Victoria, which has been bearing the brunt of a Pacific coastal front. Winds between 70 and 90 km/h have been in the forecast for areas of southern Vancouver Island near the Juan de Fuca Strait.

Weather warnings for other parts of the island were lifted early Monday afternoon, though a special weather statement remains in effect for Metro Vancouver. Gusts sent a large tree crashing into Vancouver's Commercial Drive late Monday morning, downing a number of power lines as it went.

BC Ferries cancelled several early morning sailings between the mainland and Vancouver Island due to the weather. Normal ferry sailings have since resumed.

Vancouver tree/CBC A large tree fell across Commercial Drive in Vancouver during a windstorm on Monday. At one point, the weather knocked out power to more than 20,000 homes. (Jim Mulleder/CBC)

Simon Fraser University announced it was closing some buildings and cancelling some services due to the power outage.

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Earlier wind warnings for western Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast were lifted before 10 a.m. PT.

The weather is expected to ease in the afternoon except for Haida Gwaii and the North Coast, where high winds are expected to continue through Tuesday night.

Thumbnail courtesy of Jim Mulleder/CBC.

This article was originally published for CBC News.

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