Winds put BC Hydro customers on Hornby, Denman Island in dark

Woman killed after tree falls on tent in Duncan: RCMP

At the height of the storm, BC Hydro said more than 300,000 customers across the province had their power knocked out, with outages reported in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley as well as Vancouver Island.

BC Hydro says about 100,000 customers didn't have electricity on Vancouver Island shortly after midday on Thursday, while the lights were out for nearly 130,000 in the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast.

Cleanup and fix crews were hard at work across the region Friday morning taking care of the messes left by the powerful storm, which downed trees onto highways, homes and power lines.

"More than 800 field personnel are working around the clock to fix the extensive damage to BC Hydro's infrastructure after one of the most severe windstorms it has experienced in 20 years", the utility said in a statement Saturday.

They found that a tree had fallen on a tent occupied by five people, killing a woman and injuring two men.

"For the safety of the public, we are keeping parks and trails closed until further notice".

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About 66,000 homes across B.C.'s south coast are still without power after a windstorm caused extensive damage to BC Hydro infrastructure on Thursday. One person who was trapped on the pier had to be rescued by helicopter.

"I've lived here 50 years, I've never seen a storm like this".

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

All wind warnings have been dropped and service is getting back to normal on BC Ferries routes after most sailings were cancelled Thursday.

Meanwhile, crews were working to assess the damage at homes and properties where trees came crashing down amid gusting winds of up to 100 km/h.

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