Nearly 7,500 BC Hydro customers in the Greater Victoria area are without power, according to BC Hydro’s online outage map.
The map shows customers in Central Saanich, Langford, View Royal, and the Highlands are affected. It says crews have been assigned to the areas and that the outages are under investigation.
Power was lost in the varisous areas starting around 11:10 a.m.
Another 4,000 hydro customers in Sooke are without power this hour due to a tree down across some wires. BC Hydro does not an expected time for the power to be restored.
More than 1,500 residents in Metchosin are also without power.
According to the BC Hydro website, about 29,657 customers on South Vancouver Island are affected by outages as of 12:15 p.m. Thursday.
The outage comes as strong winds up to 100 kilometres per hour and heavy rains hit Vancouver Island on Thursday.
More to come.