Strong windstorm leaves 73 000 homes without power in B.C., Canada

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A powerful windstorm hit Canada's British Columbia on Sunday, January 21, 2018, downing trees and power lines, and knocking out power to more than 73 000 BC Hydro customers. At least two people were injured.

The worst-hit area appears to be Sunshine Coast, parts of Vancouver Island and areas south of the Fraser River, including Surrey, Langley and Delta, according to Global News.

Winds reached more than 100 km/h (62 mph) across the region and topped out at 120 km/h (74 mph) on Saturna Island, downing trees and power lines and causing a number of ferry delays and cancellations.

More than 73 000 customers lost power at the height of the storm and some of them are still without electricity Monday morning.

A rockslide closed a stretch of B.C.’s Highway 1 south of Boston Bar where heavy equipment was brought in to remove the boulders. The road was re-opened later Sunday.

Other parts of the province were hit by heavy snowfall, with up to 30 cm (12.6 inches) of snow expected for the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt by Sunday night.

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