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Thousands without power

UPDATE: 7:50 p.m.

More than 9,000 customers were still without power Sunday afternoon, following Saturday's windstorm on the B.C. Coast.

BC Hydro says that at one point on Saturday, the storm knocked out power to more than 70,000 customers.

The hardest hit areas were in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast, along with southern Vancouver Island.

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver on Sunday afternoon.

The national forecaster expected about five to 10 centimetres in the region beginning in the afternoon.

The weather agency also has snowfall warnings of five to 10 centimetres for east and inland Vancouver Island, Greater Victoria and the southern Gulf Islands.

It also warns of strong winds in Squamish and Whistler as cold Arctic air surges through the mainland inlets and valleys of the B.C. coast.

As of Sunday evening, Bc Hydro said "crews continue to make steady progress on restoration in the Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, and Vancouver Island. Challenging conditions have made it difficult to access some areas which is impacting restoration times. Crews will be working around the clock until everyone is back."


UPDATE: 7:45 a.m.

More than 12,000 customers were still without power in British Columbia early Sunday morning following a windstorm.

BC Hydro says that at one point on Saturday, the storm knocked out power to more than 70,000 customers.

The hardest hit areas were in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast, along with southern Vancouver Island.

Environment Canada says the region isn't out of the woods yet.

The Metro Vancouver area was subject to a special weather statement, with the national forecaster predicting a weaker storm.

The weather agency also says Arctic winds are set to slam the Sunshine Coast on Sunday with windchill values near -20 C.



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