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Clean-up continues in BC

Staff writers

March 13, 2012 — Power crews in southern British Columbia are working to get thousands of customers back online after Monday's damaging wind storm.

Peak winds Monday
Peak winds Monday

A powerful wind storm lashed BC's south coast Monday knocking down trees, cancelling ferries and leavings thousands without electricity.

At the height of the storm, around 120,000 homes and businesses across southern BC had no power.

"Winds gusted over 100 km/h throughout the day on Monday and even reached hurricane strength in some places," says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist at The Weather Network.

The wind also knocked down trees at Vancouver's Stanley Park and forced a temporary closure after fallen debris blocked roads in the area.

Sea planes grounded in Victoria
Sea planes grounded in Victoria

Several bus routes and ferry sailings were cancelled Monday and flights at Victoria Harbour Airport were grounded as well.

"We can fly in these winds, but we have a policy in place that we don't fly when we're gusting 30 knots or over," explains Randy Wright, Executive Vice President of Harbour Air Group.

"The reason behind that is for our passengers comfort. These airplanes can withstand huge winds, but there's no sense in taking our customers out there, beating them up and having a bad experience."

The storm also brought heavy snow to Whistler on Monday morning. Much of BC is already facing a high avalanche risk.

The strong winds continued throughout the day on Tuesday, with several areas under a wind warning.

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