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Power outages, ferry delays as first fall storm sweeps over South Coast

Power to B.C.'s South Coast is getting back to normal after the first powerful fall storm swept through the region.

Wind warnings have been lifted everywhere and the only rainfall warnings still in effect cover Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley, with heavy showers expected through the day.

Several thousand homes across the Lower Mainland, Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island were without power through the night, with BC Hydro expecting power should be restored to about 1,300 Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast customers by 9 a.m.

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About 2,700 homes and businesses on northern and southern Vancouver Island could be in the dark for a little longer, with Hydro estimating lights in those areas should be back on by around noon.

Elsewhere, BC Ferries is offering an additional sailing from Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen at 8 a.m. and a return trip from Tsawwassen at 10 a.m. to clear a backlog created when high winds in Georgia Strait forced ferry cancellations on Sunday.

And passengers on the Holland America cruise ship MS Westerdam remained stuck in port in Vancouver when high winds and heavy seas forced the vessel to delay departure to Oregon, but a second cruise ship, the MS Statendam, was able to begin its journey to San Francisco overnight.

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