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PHOTOS: Clean-up continues for unseasonably strong and record-setting B.C. storm

Thursday, May 19th 2022, 10:30 am - Wind warnings have dropped, but the clean-up continues after a record-setting storm walloped southern B.C.

Wednesday's powerful winds across southern British Columbia landed in the record books as an unusually strong storm for this time of year buffeted the region. Victoria measured its strongest-ever wind gust during the month of May.

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The winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of customers during the storm, and at the height of it all, as many as 121,000 were left in the dark, according to B.C. Hydro. About 17,000 outages still lingered early Thursday.

A windstorm of this caliber typically wouldn’t lead to so many outages, but the leaves on the trees added extra stress under which tree trunks and tree limbs began to fail.

The low-pressure system spiraled into the B.C. coast overnight Tuesday and into Wednesday, bringing strong winds and heavy precipitation to the region. Peak wind gusts of 70-90 km/h were common Wednesday across Vancouver Island and the South Coast.


Victoria International Airport measured an 81 km/h wind gust, marking the strongest wind speed ever recorded there during the month of May. Winds were even stronger at the coast, where Race Rocks saw a gust of 93 km/h. Across the strait, Vancouver saw a 55 km/h gust, while Abbotsford peaked at 72 km/h.

Here's a closer look at the toll this storm took on the region:

Thumbnail image courtesy: B.C. Hydro/Twitter

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