B.C. in recovery mode after windstorms lash region

VANCOUVER - Southwestern British Columbia is recovering from the latest in a series of storms to blow through the region over the past week.

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Powerful winds and wet weather toppled trees and downed power lines over the weekend, cutting off power for thousands of Vancouver Island residents.

About 500 people on the west coast of the Island are still without electricity while crews work to fix the outages.

BC Ferries cancelled several sailings as Saturday wore on before eventually calling off all remaining sailings on its principal ferry routes between the Island and the mainland for the rest of the evening.

The ferries were back in service Sunday though with some delays.

A wind warning remains in effect for the Island's west coast, along with a rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver and snowfall warnings moving up the Fraser Valley and over the Coquihalla.

High winds also forced Vancouver's Grouse Mountain to shut down its main gondola on Saturday, leaving about 400 people stranded overnight at the mountain-top resort.


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