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Lightning Knocks Out Power Across East Kootenay Overnight

The East Kootenay was battered by lightning overnight, causing several power outages that affected nearly 10,000 customers at various times throughout the early morning hours on Wednesday.

According to BC Hydro, the majority of the power outages were due to “transmission circuit failure” as the longest outages were approximately four hours while other outages were as short as four minutes.

“At the peak of the storm last night, we had about 9,500 customers who were out of power and it was all over the region from Kimberley and Fort Steele all the way up to Canal Flats and Fairmont,” said Sally MacDonald, Public Affairs Officer with BC Hydro.

“Most of the damage was in the Valley running north to south and power was out for most of those customers for two hours,” MacDonald told MyEastKootenayNow.com. “Almost all of those outages were caused by lightning.”

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The largest outages in Kimberley saw 5,382 customers without power from 12:08 am to 1:53 am, while 1,200 customers in Fairmont Hot Springs suffered power outages from 12:16 am to 2:03 am.

In the Cranbrook are, 531 customers lost power around 11:35 pm because of a “tree down across wires”, before it was fully restored around 3:14 am, while another 864 customers lost power at 12:16 am before it was restored at 2:03 am.

Here’s the full list of restored power outages overnight in the East Kootenay from BC Hydro:

MUNICIPALITY OUTAGE TIME  RESTORED TIME AFFECTED OUTAGE AREA CUSTOMERS AFFECTED OUTAGE CAUSE
Kimberley July 24
4:11 am
July 24
4:15 am
North of WYCLIFFE PERRY CREEK RD 2485 Other
Kimberley July 24
4:11 am
July 24
4:15 am
North of ST MARY LAKE RD, East of WALLINGER AVE, South-West of HWY 95A 2897 Other
Kimberley July 24
12:08 am
July 24
1:53 am
North of ST MARY LAKE RD, East of WALLINGER AVE, South-West of HWY 95A 2897 Transmission circuit failure
Kimberley July 24
12:08 am
July 24
1:53 am
North of WYCLIFFE PERRY CREEK RD 2485 Transmission circuit failure
Cranbrook July 24
12:08 am
July 24
4:10 am
North-South-East of HWY 93/95, West of FT STEELE WILDHORSE RD 177 Transmission circuit failure
Cranbrook July 24
12:08 am
July 24
4:10 am
East of HWY 95A, West of DOUGLAS FARM SETTLEMENT RD 175 Transmission circuit failure
Cranbrook July 23
11:35 pm
July 24
3:14 am
North of HWY 95, West of HWY 3/95, South-East of HWY 3 531 Tree down across our wires
Cranbrook July 24
12:16 am
July 24
2:03 am
North-East of HWY 95A, South-West of HWY 93/95 864 Transmission circuit failure
Invermere July 24
12:16 am
July 24
2:03 am
North-South-East-West of HWY 93/95 849 Transmission circuit failure
Invermere July 24
12:16 am
July 24
2:03 am
West of FAIRMONT RESORT RD, South of HWY 93/95, East of RIVERSIDE DR 1200 Transmission circuit failure
Invermere July 24
12:16 am
July 24
2:03 am
South of WESTSIDE RD, North of HWY 93/95 385 Transmission circuit failure
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