December 21, 2018 3:40 pm
Updated: December 21, 2018 5:20 pm

Woman killed in tent by fallen tree during windstorm in Duncan

Video posted to Instagram shows the rescue of a man off White Rock pier during Thursday's intense storm that swept the South Coast.

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RCMP confirm a woman was killed after a tree fell on a tent in Duncan on Thursday morning during the strong windstorm that swept the region.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP say the tree came crashing down on the tent with five people inside at approximately 11:25 a.m.

Five people were inside at the time and two other men were injured.

One of the men was airlifted to hospital and the other was transported to hospital via ground ambulance for treatment.

READ MORE: Tens of thousands without power in aftermath of B.C. windstorm

Police have not released the woman’s name or any other details about her at this time.

A woman was killed when a tree fell on the tent she was in during the storm on Thursday. Credit: Allan Felker


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Cleanup is now underway from the storm across B.C.’s South Coast on Friday.

More than 150,000 BC Hydro customers went without power overnight and some aren’t expected to get it back for days.

Several schools are closed Friday due to power outages.

Environment Canada says gusts topped 100 km/h just south of Vancouver and in parts of the Fraser Valley, making the storm more powerful than the 2006 gales that levelled a large section of Stanley Park.

The strongest gusts were recorded at the Sand Heads weather station southwest of the Vancouver International Airport, which reached 122 kilometres an hour.

A groundskeeper at Surrey’s Pacific Academy was rushed to hospital after a tree fell on top of him.

Crews were called to White Rock to conduct a rescue after a man became trapped on the city’s seaside pier.

WATCH: Global News exclusive: Man rescued from White Rock pier shares his story

— with files from Jon Azpiri

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