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UPDATE: Surrey one of the hardest hit by Friday night’s windstorm

The windstorm left 330,000 BC Hydro customers without power

This story was updated at 12:00 p.m.

A major windstorm that hit the Lower Mainland left thousands without power on Friday night (Nov. 4). Surrey was among the hardest hit.

The strong winds resulted in power outages to 330,000 BC Hydro customers. By Saturday morning, BC Hydro restored power to 230,000 of those customers.

On Saturday (Nov. 5) at 8:30 a.m. there are still 40 power outages in Surrey.

Friday’s wind has brought down dozens of drought-weakened trees and branches. “All available BC Hydro crews and contractor crews worked through the night to repair and restore customers impacted by the storm,” reads a statement from BC Hydro.

CLICK HERE to see BC Hydro’s outage map.

Regional breakdown:

Lower Mainland (including the Sunshine Coast): 72,000 customers without power. The hardest hit areas include Surrey, Burnaby and Abbotsford.

Vancouver Island (including the Gulf Islands): 18,000 customers without power. The hardest hit area is Nanaimo.

BC Hydro reminds people to stay away from downed lines. A downed power line is an emergency. Call 911 and stay at least 10 metres back. BC Hydro crews will work with first responders to make the area safe.

-With files from Tom Zillich

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