B.C. snow storm leaves 75,000 without power
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, December 19, 2017 8:17PM EST
Last Updated Tuesday, December 19, 2017 11:07PM EST
VICTORIA -- A winter storm left 75,000 customers without power along British Columbia's South Coast on Tuesday.
BC Hydro says the hardest hit areas were the Vancouver Island communities of Victoria, Nanaimo and Duncan.
It says heavy, wet snow and freezing rain caused extensive damage to power lines, poles and transformers and crews were working around-the-clock to fix the problems.
The Transportation Ministry says snow was falling at a rate of 10 to 12 centimetres every hour in some areas of the province resulting in poor road conditions.
The southbound lanes of Highway 5 between Merritt and Hope were closed much of Tuesday afternoon when a commercial vehicle spun out and a travel advisory was issued for the open northbound lanes.
Environment Canada says the snow was expected to taper off by Wednesday morning after dumping up to 18 centimetres on Vancouver Island and up to 30 centimetres in the Interior and southeast B.C.
Heavy winter snowstorms today have affected approximately 75,000 customers across Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and some parts of the Lower Mainland. #BCStorm— BC Hydro (@bchydro) December 20, 2017