Wild wind cuts power to thousands

‘Severe weather is causing significant damage resulting in outages affecting the Victoria and Duncan areas."

Thousands of Valley residents were left without power as wild winds whipped the Cowichan Valley Tuesday morning, toppling trees like this one across Cowichan Lake Road and causing power outages from as early at 7 a.m. in heavily forested areas like Riverbottom Road, Maple Bay, Genoa Bay, Youbou, Mesachie Lake, Cowichan Station, and Shawnigan Lake and making driving treacherous with strong gusts and flying branches found around every corner.

By noon, BC Hydro had issued the following statement: ‘Severe weather is causing significant damage resulting in outages affecting the Victoria and Duncan areas. Our crews are continuing restoration efforts and will be providing updated restoration times as damage is assessed. Thank you for your patience.’