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

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Two days after a powerful Pacific storm slammed into the south coast, wreaking havoc from Vancouver Island to the Fraser Valley, tens of thousands of people remain without power.

According to BC Hydro, more than 55,000 customers on the island are in the dark, as are more than 15,000 people on the Lower Mainland.

Uprooted trees, snapped power lines and debris forced the closure of several streets and highways along the southern coast.

That's roughly half as many as were affected at the height of Thursday's windstorm, which BC Hydro described as one of the most severe weather systems its crews have dealt with in years. "We appreciate your patience and will continue to provide updates as available".

A person who was stranded on a pier in White Rock, B.C., needed to be rescued by helicopter after part of the structure collapsed in strong winds.

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White Rock Mayor Darryl Walker says it could take months and millions of dollars to fix the city's beloved pier after part of it was ripped away during an intense windstorm that swept over British Columbia's southern coast.

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. She says field crews surveying the damage on Vancouver Island have said some areas are "complete devastation".

BC Ferries cancelled most of their sailings for the day, and even the iconic Butchart Gardens had to close its doors for the night.

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

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