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Nearly 2,000 lose power in Saanich, Oak Bay, Langford amid high wind, low temps

Snow remains in the forecast for Greater Victoria with potential for 5 to 10 cm
Nearly 2,000 households in Saanich and Oak Bay lose power as wind continues in Greater Victoria. (BC Hydro)

About 2,000 Greater Victoria residents were without power Wednesday morning as winter winds continued and temperatures set to drop.

About 400 households in the 10 Mile Point area of Saanich lost power shortly before 6 a.m. and was restored by 8 a.m.

The power went out for about 1,500 Oak Bay residents along Beach Drive and Newport Avenue around 5 a.m. attributed to a cable fault, according to BC Hydro.

Earlier that morning, trees on the lines left 2,185 residents without power from about 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. in Langford, Metchosin and Colwood. It was among several outages overnight and in recent days as wind continues to rock the region.

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Environment Canada issued a special weather statement Wednesday (Feb. 22) warning of wind, snow and cold temperatures across Greater Victoria. Periods of snow are expected with a potential for five to 10 centimetres before snow eases overnight.

Winds gusting to 70 km/h over Greater Victoria and Southern Gulf Islands are expected through Thursday morning. Temperatures are expected to dip as low as -5 C Thursday night with wind chill values expected around -10 C.

Wind and snow are predicted for the east and inland of Vancouver Island as far north as Fanny Bay.

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