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Strong winds down power lines around the province

Strong winds and heavy rain have left several thousand BC Hydro customers in parts of the province without power on Thursday. Strong winds will continue, which are expected to result in additional outages.  

As of 8:45 a.m., about 12,000 customers were without power. The regional breakdown is as follows:  

  • Lower Mainland: 1,800 customers without power
  • Vancouver Island/Gulf Islands: 250 customers without power
  • North: 6,800 customers without power
  • Central Interior: 1,800 customers without power
  • Thompson/Shuswap: 1,000 customers without power

The wind knocked down trees and branches causing them to come into contact with BC Hydro’s electrical equipment. As a result, crews are busy repairing damaged power lines.

Yesterday, BC Hydro warned customers to be prepared for weather-related power outages caused by weakened trees and drought.

All available BC Hydro crews and contractor crews are working to restore power. Crews will continue to work throughout the day.

BC Hydro understands that outages are disruptive and thanks its customers for their patience as crews work to repair the damage and restore power.

Crews are receiving reports of downed power lines. A downed power line is an emergency. Call 911 and stay at least 10 metres back. BC Hydro crews will work with first responders to make the area safe.

 

As repair work continues, BC Hydro will provide updated estimates for power restoration as they become available at bchydro.com/outages.

 

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