Hydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British Columbians

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Thousands still in the dark after powerful windstorm across B.C.'s south coast

Parts of southern British Columbia were hit by a powerful wind storm that left thousands of BC Hydro customers without power on Vancouver Island, the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast.

Cleanup and fix crews were hard at work across the region Friday morning taking care of the messes left by the powerful storm, which downed trees onto highways, homes and power lines.

Despite BC Hydro crews working around the clock to get things back up and running, over 80,000 customers on the island are still experiencing outages because of the storm.

The tent was occupied at the time by five people. Hydro says more than 800 personnel are working to fix widespread damage. "We appreciate your patience and will continue to provide updates as available".

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About 66,000 homes across B.C.'s south coast are still without power after a windstorm caused extensive damage to BC Hydro infrastructure on Thursday.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says on Twitter a helicopter crew successfully hoisted the person to safety.

"I've lived here 50 years, I've never seen a storm like this. These repairs do take a lot of time".

Here are some photos and videos showing the damage from today's Metro Vancouver wind storm.

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A Vancouver police officer looks up at a tree that fell onto a house in Vancouver on Thursday.

Most of the damage to power lines, power poles and transformers was on Vancouver Island, where a total of about 55,000 homes are still without power.

The company recommends passengers check the BC Ferries website before heading out to the terminal.

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