Environment Canada has called off its wind warning for Greater Victoria and east Vancouver Island, following a weekend of torrential rain a one-two punch for Island residents lulled by a long stretch of dry, summer-like weather.
The winds overnight were the result of a deep low-pressure centre moving onto the central coast.
More than 1,200 B.C. Hydro customers were without power since Monday evening as the result of trees across wires west of Sooke and in the Interurban Road area of Saanich.
B.C. Hydro spokesman Ted Olynyk urged people to have a phone available that plugs into the wall, because cordless phone wont work when theres no electricity.
Even those with smart meters should report power outages at 1-888-POWERON, said Olynyk. Next year, when the smart meters are all online, B.C. Hydro will be automatically notified of power outages.
Anyone who sees a downed powerline or a tree leaning on a line should notify B.C. Hydro by phone, he said. Storms at this time of year can be damaging because many deciduous trees have not yet shed their leaves and theyre like ships with full sails, said Olynyk.
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