Oi! what a day here in lotusland..do not go outside..you might be carried off by old mother north wind...its a gusting around here Even starbucks had no power

Winds knock out power, delay ferries
Last updated Nov 3 2005 12:31 PM PST
CBC News
High winds blacked out power to as many as 20,000 homes and businesses on Vancouver Island and more 2,000 homes in North and West Vancouver on Thursday morning.

Hydro has restored service on the North Shore, and crews are working across the Island to get the lines up again. But spokesperson Ted Olynyk cautions it could take some time, especially in the Tofino area.

"We're hoping to have some crews out there as soon as possible. But it will take a while to get a number of crews into the area to determine where the problem is," he says.

"And often what we find is that as soon as we get one area on, another branch will break or come in contact with a line farther down the circuit."

Some schools closed in Greater Victoria. Reynolds Secondary School was closed because the power is out. And Southpark students are not being allowed to go to school because of downed trees and electrical wires in the area.

The Saanich School District says classes were cancelled at Keating Elementary and Claremont Secondary Schools on Thursday afternoon.

B.C. Ferries spokesperson Deborah Marshall says those winds eased, and the ferries were able to load and depart at about 9:30 a.m.

Several other routes were shut down the Brentwood Bay-Mill Bay ferry and ferry service between Comox and Powell River.