Power Outage

Well, we’ve had a weird week around here! Last Thursday we were hit with a windstorm that blew down a seriously huge number of trees and knocked out power to Gabriola and 100,000 others on Vancouver island and the gulf islands.

Thursday morning the power went out so we drove to the village to run some errands. As we were driving home along north road we passed one tree down near Silva bay, then were blocked just before Peterson by a huge tree down outside our friend’s house. We got out of the car to look with some other people then thought we should just get out of there because it was still really windy, so we got back in the car. J reversed to turn around and as we were pulling forward a man started waving his arms saying GO GO GO as a huge tree fell right where we were, taking down the power lines with it.

After that we were like LET’S HOOF IT and tried to drive a different route but were blocked by another tree down across the road back the way we had just come minutes earlier. J got out to help and I stood there with a friend that stopped behind us and watched a tree come down and almost crush a woman. They cleared the trees enough that we could drive under a big one to pass, and we then cut down Petersen to get home but there was another massive tree down on South road near the sheep fields. We stopped there for a bit longer wondering what to do as watched two enormous trees fall into the field scattering the sheep everywhere. We turned around for a third time and finally found a clear route home, thank goodness because it was getting seriously nasty out there!
Here is the blockage where we almost got squished:

Here are some more shots from around the island. We were very fortunate to have had our electricity restored late Sunday evening as the estimate for repairs was for Friday the 28th and many homes on the island were still in the dark. We are so grateful to the hydro crews that worked around the clock to get things up and running again.

Here are a few shots sent to me by the friend living near where we escaped the falling tree. Thankfully their house was undamaged. I haven’t seen a broken hydro pole since I experienced Hurricane Juan in Halifax in 2003.

Wishing a speedy repair to those still without power following the storm! πŸ–€πŸ–€πŸ–€

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