Storm batters west coast, causes power outages

Tofino, BC

A storm swept across all of Vancouver Island’s coast today, with residents along the west coast reporting some of the strongest wind seen in years.

“High winds may toss loose objects or cause tree branches to break,” stated an alert from Environment Canada. “Strong winds developed this morning ahead of a frontal system pushing across Vancouver Island. The winds will ease this evening with the passage of the front.”

Rainfall in excess of 100 millimetres was expected by evening, with winds in some locations surpassing 100 kilometres an hour.

“Localized flooding in low-lying areas is possible,” advised Environment Canada. “Watch for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.”

BC Hydro reported power outages began in the early afternoon, stretching from Long Beach to Ahousaht.   

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