Hydro crews work around the clock to restore power to British Columbians

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Thousands still in the dark after powerful windstorm across B.C.'s south coast

BC Hydro said more than 100,000 customers were still without power by late Friday afternoon and some could remain in the dark for days as crews work to fix outages on Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Valley.

The Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre in Victoria says on Twitter a helicopter crew successfully hoisted the person to safety.

Power had been restored to more than 530,000 customers by Saturday morning, but about 66,000 across the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, Vancouver Island and Gulf Islands still didn't have electricity, it said.

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Despite BC Hydro crews working around the clock to get things back up and running, over 80,000 customers on the island are still experiencing outages because of the storm. "I've never seen devastation like this", Walker said while urging people to steer clear of the promenade and pier until they're reopened.

Officials estimate about a section of the pier about 30 metres long collapsed, and that it could take months before it's fixed.

Yesterday's windstorm caused widespread damage to trees, buildings, and roadways, and the RCMP have now confirmed that the storm claimed a life as well. She says field crews surveying the damage on Vancouver Island have said some areas are "complete devastation".

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After closing two Vancouver parks, halting transit, cancelling ferry routes, knocking out power to thousands of BC Hydro customers, and destroying the historic White Rock Pier, the damage is unbelievable.

The company recommends passengers check the BC Ferries website before heading out to the terminal.

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