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BC's worst storms occurred in last 5 years, says BC Hydro

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Dec1,2023

BC's worst storms have occurred in the last 5 years, according to BC Hydro

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The most significant storms of all time for BC Hydro include the December 2018 windstorm and the atmospheric river and floods of mid-November 2021, among others.


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BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbians to prepare for weather-related power outages as it releases a report saying the worst storms experienced by the province have occurred in the last five years.

BC Hydro says it measures the severity of a storm based on the damage caused to its network and the number of outages suffered by its customers.

The The company's largest fall and winter storms of all time include the December 2018 windstorm, which plunged more than 750,000 customers into darkness on the province's south coast. /p>

Also on the list are the atmospheric river and floods of mid-November 2021, which affected more than 217,000 homes, as well as the windstorm of November 2022, during which 420,000 customers were disrupted.

The recent windstorm in early November, when 235,000 customers were left without power on the South Coast and the South Coast. Vancouver Island, also caught the attention of BC Hydro.

Climate change has led to an increase in extreme weather events in British Columbia, says Susie Rieder, spokesperson for BC Hydro.

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The most recent storms were aggravated by unusual drought conditions which have weakened trees and vegetation, making them more likely to fall on BC Hydro's electrical infrastructure.

A quote from Susie Rieder, BC Hydro spokesperson

Susie Rieder recommends that residents prepare a well-stocked emergency kit with enough supplies, such as bottled water, batteries and non-perishable foods, to survive for at least 72 hours.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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