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BC Hydro crews working to restore power after windstorm hits British Columbia

Christian Fernsby |
Strong winds have caused widespread damage to BC Hydro’s electrical system in multiple regions of the province, resulting in outages to around 120,500 customers.

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The high winds caused branches and trees to break and come into contact with BC Hydro's electrical equipment. The hardest hit areas are the Southern Interior, Lower Mainland, and northern Vancouver Island. A snow storm in the Peace region also caused damage and resulted in outages to customers in Dawson Creek, Chetwynd and Smithers.

BC Hydro crews are continuing to work to repair damaged equipment, including power lines, power poles and transformers. All available resources will continue to work throughout the evening and overnight to safely restore power.

Due to the extent of damage in some areas, customers in the hardest hits areas should prepare to be without power overnight. This includes customers in Chase, Sicamous, Salmon Arm, Dawson Creek and 100 Mile House.

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