No power, bad traffic, delayed ferry services on B.C.’s South Coast

Due to bad weather condition, British Columbia’s South Coast is blacked out and is facing severe traffic problems. High winds and heavy snowfall has created problems for thousands of people living in the area. Also, the ferry services between mainland and Vancouver Island have been delayed.

“The worst is over,” said Mike Gismondi, meteorologist with Environment Canada, just before 9 p.m. “It’s still windy out, but much less so. [Saturday] will probably still be windy but nothing extreme.”

Earlier on Friday, Environment Canada cancelled its wind warning for Metro Vancouver; however, significant damage has been reported.

According to B.C. Hydro, over 17,000 customers on the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast and at least 15,000 customers on Vancouver Island still do not have electricity, whereas B.C. Ferries informs that delays and cancellations are solely due to rough weather.

In addition, Drive B.C. reports the shutdown of the northbound and southbound routes of the Coquihalla Highway for more than a few hours due to heavy snowfall, with the northbound lane reopening just after 8 p.m.

About 20 cm of heavy, wet snow fell at the Coquihalla Summit, causing several vehicles to slide into ditches, RCMP said.

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