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Thousands remain without electricity as power restored to most customers on South Coast

Last Updated Oct 14, 2020 at 6:49 am PDT

FILE - Crews work to make repairs after a wicked windstorm knocked out power to thousands of people on the South Coast in October. (Courtesy Twitter/BC Hydro)

Power was restored to 96 per cent of customers by 6 a.m. Wednesday after Tuesday's wicked windstorm

BC Hydro says crews have been working around the clock to get power back to customers

Thousands of homes and businesses remain without electricity

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Thousands of homes and businesses still don’t have power, more than 12 hours after a wicked wind storm roared through the South Coast Tuesday.

The outages stretch from Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, to Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

According to BC Hydro, power has been turned back on for 96 per cent of customers impacted by the storm.

“BC Hydro crews made good progress yesterday and overnight, and have restored power to more than 192,000 customers since the windstorm began early Tuesday morning,” BC Hydro says in an update sent Wednesday morning.

However, close to 7,700 customers remain without electricity. Chilliwack is among the hardest hit communities, along with Duncan.

Close to half of the more than 192,000 outages were on the Lower Mainland, with the largest reported in Abbotsford, Chilliwack, Mission, Langley, Surrey, White Rock, and Maple Ridge.

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A Surrey firefighter stands in front of a down tree and damaged power poll on Crescent Road. Powerful winds caused damage to power lines across the Lower Mainland Tuesday. (Submitted)

Large branches snapping and falling on power lines was mostly to blame.

The high winds were also to blame for some BC Ferries cancellations.

-With files from Kurtis Doering and Marcella Bernardo