power outages

A Hydro-Québec logo is seen on their head office building in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hydro-Québec says more than 130,000 customers are still without power after a powerful storm swept across the province on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

UPDATED: Tens of thousands still without power in Ontario and Quebec after destructive storm

Ten people died after Saturday’s thunderstorm, power expected to be fully restored within a few days

 

Emergency officials blocked Koksilah Road from traffic after a number of power poles were knocked over during a windstorm on May 18. This was just one of the areas in the Cowichan Valley that saw power outages during the storm. At the storm’s height, thousands were without power from Shawnigan to Saltair. (Photos by Robert Barron, top and Kevin Rothbauer, below)

Power out to thousands in Cowichan Valley

Windstorm has brought down numerous trees on lines

 

Power has been restored in two Vancouver Island communities that lost electricity early last week as snow, ice and wind storms pounded parts of British Columbia, but forecasters warn another powerful system is on the way. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

Lights back on in Tahsis, Zeballos but Mother Nature not done yet

Atmospheric river packing several powerful rainstorms heading for southern B.C.

 

The warming centre in Tahsis, where people have been without power since early Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy SRD

Remote Island communities pull together in the face of no power, deep snow

Zeballos, Tahsis, Gold River cut off from rest of Island; spend days without power

The warming centre in Tahsis, where people have been without power since early Tuesday morning. Photo courtesy SRD
More than 4,000 people were without power in the Cowichan Valley area on Saturday morning, Dec. 18, many in Duncan. (screenshot)

More than 4,000 without power in Cowichan

Causes were listed as wires down

More than 4,000 people were without power in the Cowichan Valley area on Saturday morning, Dec. 18, many in Duncan. (screenshot)
Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)

50,000 without power across southern Vancouver Island

Thousands of people, multiple businesses without power across region

Several BC Hydro outages have left Greater Victoria residents without power Nov. 15. (Black Press Media file photo)
Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).

Downed Parksville powerlines trap 2 drivers inside their trucks

No injuries reported, BC Hydro crews called in to ensure safe exits

Three BC Hydro power lines were down near Herring Gull Way and Franklin’s Gull Road in Parksville on Wednesday, July 14. (Michael Briones photo).
BC Hydro photo

North Island rides out hottest day of the year with a 21-hour power outage

Heat didn’t cause damage to transmission pole, but it hampered efforts to find the problem

BC Hydro photo
People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

BC Hydro assures customers it has ‘more than enough’ power to weather the heat wave

Despite an increase of pressure on the Western grid, blackouts are not expected like in some U.S. states

People enjoy the sun at Woodbine Beach on June 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Heavy winds knocked out power to about 7,000 BC Hydro customers during a sudden storm on Sunday. (File photo)

Wind storm knocks out power to 7,000 in Cowichan Valley

Almost all power restored by Monday morning

Heavy winds knocked out power to about 7,000 BC Hydro customers during a sudden storm on Sunday. (File photo)
Almost everyone in the Cowichan Valley had power back Thursday morning, after a windstorm overnight Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 caused mass outages. (screenshot)

Power back on for most of Cowichan following windstorm

Only two outages remained in the Cowichan Valley Thursday morning

Almost everyone in the Cowichan Valley had power back Thursday morning, after a windstorm overnight Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 caused mass outages. (screenshot)
Heavy snow falls as people walk on the Simon Fraser University campus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

BC Hydro says 240,000 customers hit by province’s first winter storm

It says crews have been working around the clock since then

Heavy snow falls as people walk on the Simon Fraser University campus, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Police warned of winter driving conditions and fallen trees north of Royal Oak on Dec. 21. (Saanich Police/Twitter)

BC Hydro still working to restore power to nearly 1,600 south Island, Gulf Islands customers

Service expected to resume for all by end of Dec. 23, power company says

Police warned of winter driving conditions and fallen trees north of Royal Oak on Dec. 21. (Saanich Police/Twitter)
Helium balloons in Vernon, a hungry bear outside Nakusp and busy beavers in Dawson Creek top BC Hydro’s list of most memorable causes of power outages in 2020. (BC Hydro photo)

BC Hydro’s top 10 memorable outages of 2020

Helium balloons in Vernon and a hungry bear near Nakusp top BC Hydro’s list

Helium balloons in Vernon, a hungry bear outside Nakusp and busy beavers in Dawson Creek top BC Hydro’s list of most memorable causes of power outages in 2020. (BC Hydro photo)
Power was knocked out to more than 700 people in Youbou on Tuesday morning. (Screenshot)

Power out to hundreds in Youbou

Cowichan mostly unscathed by predicted high winds

  • Nov 17, 2020
Power was knocked out to more than 700 people in Youbou on Tuesday morning. (Screenshot)
Power has been knocked out to thousands in the Cowichan Valley, as well as others on the south Island and Salt Spring Island Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Screenshot)

UPDATED: Wind knocks out power to thousands in Cowichan Valley Wednesday night

UPDATE: As of Thursday morning, Nov. 5, only one small localized outage…

Power has been knocked out to thousands in the Cowichan Valley, as well as others on the south Island and Salt Spring Island Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Screenshot)
Power outages on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast began early Tuesday morning due to a “potent” weather system moving down the Island and towards the mainland. (BC Hydro)

“Potent” low pressure system brings winds, takes power from Vancouver Island

Over 43,000 customers powerless in Vancouver Island after autumn storm rages

Power outages on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast began early Tuesday morning due to a “potent” weather system moving down the Island and towards the mainland. (BC Hydro)