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UPDATE: BC Hydro says power restored to 97% of customers affected by windstorm

(UPDATE: Jan. 14 @ 6:30 am): BC Hydro said this morning it has restored power to 97% of customers affected by Tuesday night's windstorm.

The corporation said 220,000 customers impacted in the Southern Interior, Vancouver Island, Lower Mainland and Gulf Islands now have power.

"Crews have been working around-the-clock to restore power, replacing hundreds of spans of power line and replacing dozens of power poles, transformers and cross-arms," BC Hydro explained.

"Crews will continue to work throughout the day and expect to have all remaining customers restored today."

Estimates for power restoration are available at bchydro.com/outages.

(UPDATE: Jan. 13 @ 11:45 am): BC Hydro said this morning that power has been restored to 67% of customers affected by the windstorm.

More than 142,000 of the 212,000 customers impacted have had power returned, the corporation explained.

It had earlier said about 100,000 customers were affected.

Of the remaining customers without power:

  • About 30,000 are in the Lower Mainland, primarily in Abbotsford and Chilliwack
  • About 15,000 are on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands primarily in Victoria and Duncan
  • About 25,000 are in the Southern Interior, primarily in Vernon

BC Hydro added there is "extensive damage" from branches and trees coming into contact with electrical infrastructure.

"Planning through the night ensured all available BC Hydro crews and contractor crews have been mobilized," the corporation added.

"They will continue working around-the-clock to repair damaged power lines, poles and transformers to restore the power."

(UPDATE: Jan. 13 @ 7 am): BC Hydro has said strong winds are to blame for power outages affecting about 100,000 customers across the province this morning.

The worst-hit areas are the Southern Interior, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands.

Vernon is among the most seriously affected cities, alongside Abbotsford and Victoria.

"As the storm is moving its way across the province, it's causing extensive damage to BC Hydro’s electrical system due to branches and trees breaking contacting its equipment," the corporation explained.

"More outages are expected as a result of the wind. All available resources will continue to work throughout the day to safely restore power."

BC Hydro said it is also receiving reports of downed power lines.

"A downed power line is considered an emergency situation and members of the public should stay at least 10 metres back and call 911 immediately," BC Hydro said.

Head here to monitor the outages.

(Original story: Jan. 13 @ 5:27 am): Thousands of people are without power in Lake Country this morning.

Nearly 4,000 BC Hydro customers are affected by the outage.

The cause is under investigation.

It comes as many thousands of homes across BC are without power after parts of the province were battered by a storm.

One of the two main outage areas is east of Pelmewash Parkway, affecting 1,708 people.

<who> Photo credit: BC Hydro

Power has been off since early this morning and crews are expected to arrive soon.

The other main outage, which is affecting 2,151 customers, is focused around Winfield, east of Okanagan Centre Road.

No crew has yet been assigned to investigate, according to BC Hydro.

Neither outage has an estimated time for the restoration of power.

<who> Photo credit: FortisBC

At Big White, meanwhile, over two thousand FortisBC customers are also without power.

Those outages also began early this morning.

Both are listed as in need of repair – but no estimated time for completion has been given.

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.



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