Weekend Weather: Winter storm generates strong winds, rain across Island

Woman killed after tree falls on tent in Duncan: RCMP

On Thursday, December 20th, Vancouver Island and BC's south coast was hit with one of the worst wind storms it has seen in recent years.

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.

In a statement issued Saturday, BC Hydro said it had called in crews from around B.C. and had more than 800 personnel in the field trying to clear downed trees and fix power lines felled in what it called "one of the most severe windstorms it has experienced in 20 years".

They found that a tree had fallen on a tent occupied by five people, killing a woman and injuring two men. "We appreciate your patience and will continue to provide updates as available".

A boat is battered by waves and slammed into the White Rock Pier that was severely damaged during a windstorm, in White Rock, B.C., on Thursday December 20, 2018.

One person was trapped at the end of the pier and had to be airlifted by helicopter to safety at the height of the storm but no one was hurt.

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"I'm good - cold and wet", he told reporters back on solid ground.

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

Environment Canada said "a significant wind storm is likely causing widespread damage" in the region.

That included a house at 15th Avenue and Yukon Street in Vancouver, where a large tree snapped and fell down onto the roof. She says field crews surveying the damage on Vancouver Island have said some areas are "complete devastation".

Today's windy weather has put BC Hydro customers in the dark on Hornby Island and Denman Island.

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