Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Strong Winds, Rain Slam B.C. Coast, Causing Blackouts and Ferry Cancellations

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Strong Winds, Rain Slam B.C. Coast, Causing Blackouts and Ferry Cancellations

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Strong winds, rain slam coast of B.C.

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VANCOUVER - Powerful winds and rain are pummelling British Columbia's coast as back-to-back storm systems move across the province this weekend.

Environment Canada issued warnings and special weather statements for the southern B.C. coast, with gusts of up to 110 kilometres per hour expected in some areas.

Vancouver Island was hit especially hard, with thousands experiencing power outages throughout Saturday. A massive outage affected 4,800 customers in Saanich but it was resolved by the late afternoon.

More than 3,300 customers were in the dark in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast at the height of the storm, but as of Saturday evening that number was down to about 950.

In the Interior, 120 lost power in Kamloops for several hours, while Quesnel and Williams Lake had 43 customers affected by blackouts at one point. …

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