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Blustery spring day causes multiple power outages

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Power outages in Colwood, Langford, East Sooke and Metchosin on a wet windy April 4, 2022.

Monday April 4, 2022 | LANGFORD, BC [Last update 12:30 pm on April 5, 2022]

by Mary P Brooke | Island Social Trends

Today it’s been a very windy rainy day, for hours! At one point there was a pelting few minutes of hail. Big gusts of wind, big noise.

As will happen on Vancouver Island, there were moments of sunshine, but the storm has been off and on from morning to evening.

As of 7 pm there were 22 power outages on South Vancouver Island (mostly due to trees down across wires), leaving 9,754 BC Hydro customers without power including in Colwood, Langford, Saanich, North Saanich, Duncan, Highlands, Sooke, East Sooke, Metchosin, west of Sooke (including Shirley), and several Gulf Islands.

More outages mid-evening:

Update: As of 8:38 pm there were 14,876 customers without power on South Vancouver Island, as wind gusts continue as does the steady rain. Crews are making progress despite the persistent bad weather; as of 8:48 pm that was down to 12,838 customers without power (21 outage locations listed).

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Power outage footprint in the west shore and into East Sooke and Metchosin, as wind gusts reach 90 kph along the Juan de Fuca Strait, April 4, 2022. [Map: BC Hydro]
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Power outages in East Sooke, Metchosin, and Sooke, as of 8:38 pm on April 4, 2022. [BC Hydro map]

The cause of one outage on Pender Island was listed as ‘motor vehicle accident’, leaving 296 customers without power.

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A power outage on Pender Island has the cause listed as being a motor vehicle accident. [BC Hydro]

Weather forecast:

The Environment Canada weather forecast for Victoria / south Vancouver Island for today was: Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 except west 70 gusting to 90 near Juan de Fuca Strait this afternoon. High 9. UV index 3 or moderate.

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For tonight (with winds still blowing hard out there), the forecast is Mainly cloudy with 40 percent chance of showers. Wind southwest 40 km/h gusting to 60 except west 70 gusting to 90 near Juan de Fuca Strait. Low 6.

The forecast is that things will clear by morning. But probably many power outages will take longer than that, given the sheer volume of outages for crews to attend to.

Next day:

By 2 am the next morning April 5, there were about 5,000 customers still without power in the South Vancouver Island Region. Most of those were on the Gulf Islands and west beyond Sooke.

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Power outage started at 8:51 am on Tues April 5, 2022 in the Langford core area. [BC Hydro]

At 10 am on Tuesday morning, BC Hydro showed 3,134 customers without power.

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Power outage in Langford downtown core area on April 5, 2022. [BC Hydro]

Of those, 242 are in the downtown Langford core area including where there is major building construction going on; that outage happened at 8:51 am and crews were still on site at 9:53 am; power was restored by 12:23 pm. The cause of that localized outage was weather-related, says BC Hydro rep Karla Louwers. BC Hydro does do load testing for major construction sites. A Fortis gas installation in that area is set for tomorrow April 6 (see Island Social Trends Traffic advisories).

By 12:30 pm April 5, the number of customers without power was at 2,230.

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