Powerful winds, snow warnings in B.C. cuts off power, cancels ferries

Woman killed after tree falls on tent in Duncan: RCMP

More than 530,000 customers have gotten their power back since the storm hit on Thursday.

In White Rock, the popular promenade remained completely closed off Friday for public safety. And it said that while home generators can be useful during a power outage, they can also be very unsafe.

BC Hydro said the task of restoring power continues to be challenging and requires individual repairs in many cases, including re-stringing hundreds of spans of power lines and replacing power poles and transformers.

When the power went out in the small community of Lake Cowichan, B.C., during a destructive windstorm that swept the province's coast on Thursday, many residents weren't prepared for it to stay out indefinitely.

In Nanaimo, officials are urging residents to conserve water as the city continues to fix its water treatment plant, which was also damaged in the storm on Thursday.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning for those areas saying a powerful low pressure system was sweeping into the B.C. coast, bringing winds in the range of 70 to 90 km/h with gusts up to 100 km/h.

While the water is safe to drink, the city urged its residents and businesses to restrict their use until the full system is restored, in order to preserve enough for firefighting emergencies.

BC Ferries cancelled all sailings for several hours Thursday morning, there were multiple delays and cancellations at the Vancouver International Airport, while a fallen tree on track level and high winds caused multiple SkyTrain delays.

The BC Coroners Service said a person was killed by a falling tree in Duncan on Vancouver Island, although it is unclear if the tree fell because of the strong winds.

The tent was occupied at the time by five people.

"Our investigation will look at how she died, where and by what means", spokesman Andy Watson said.

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