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Category 1 hurricane-strength winds batter B.C. south coast, leaving many without power

Click to play video: 'Strong winds across B.C.’s south coast topple trees and knock out power to tens of thousands' Strong winds across B.C.’s south coast topple trees and knock out power to tens of thousands
Clean-up efforts are underway across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island after strong winds caused trees to topple and mass power outages. Ted Chernecki reports. – Nov 17, 2020

A powerful windstorm has been bearing down on the south and central coast of B.C. Tuesday, leaving many people without power.

Ferries were cancelled Tuesday morning but are starting to resume service by the afternoon.

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B.C. afternoon weather forecast: Nov 17 – Nov 17, 2020

As of 3 p.m., BC Hydro says 24,000 customers on Vancouver Island are without power and just over 22,000 customers are without power in the Lower Mainland and the Sunshine Coast.

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Global BC meteorologist Kristi Gordon says the region has been battered by Category 1 hurricane-strength winds, which are expected to ease by Tuesday evening.

In Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, a woman was air-lifted to hospital after she suffered a head injury when a tree fell through the roof of their trailer and into their bedroom.

A tree fell through the roof of a trailer in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island and a woman inside suffered a head injury. Credit: Allan Felker.

The stormy weather is hitting the coast at the same time as the king tide, raising flooding concerns for lower-lying areas such as Boundary Bay.

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Click to play video: 'Snowplow slides off the Okanagan Connector amid wintry conditions' Snowplow slides off the Okanagan Connector amid wintry conditions
Snowplow slides off the Okanagan Connector amid wintry conditions – Nov 17, 2020

In northeastern B.C., heavy snow is forecast to continue until Wednesday and areas such as Fort Nelson and the Peace River could see accumulations up to 25 centimetres, according to Environment Canada.

About 30 centimetres of snow is forecast for inland sections of the north coast, including Kitimat and Terrace.

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As the powerful winds are knocking trees down in many areas, everyone is reminded to call 911 if they see a downed power line and to stay away.

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