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Storm kills power

UPDATE 9:21 P.M.

Power has been restored to the majority of the Central Okanagan after lightning strikes took out power up and down the valley. 

Fortis BC says on twitter that they are still working on restoring power to 100 properties in Kelowna. 

As of 9 p.m. they are also reporting that over 150 Vernon customers are still without power in multiple outages. The estimated turn on time is between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. 

A further 1,600 customers in the Enderby/Spalluncheen area east of of Highway 97 are also affected. Turn on time for them is estimated at midnight. 

In Salmon Arm, nearly 3,000 customers remain in the dark with an estimated turn on time of 10 p.m.

Over 3,000 customers are without power in the Sicamous region with an estimated turn on time of midnight. 

Several hundred people remain without power in Chase, Merritt, Kamloops and Revelstoke with BC Hydro reporting power should come back on by midnight in all locations. 

Check out the video above to see some of those damaging lightning strikes. 


Wednesday's brief, but violent storm cut a swath of destruction through many parts of the Okanagan and beyond.

A tree hit a home in the Mission area and several other trees landed on roadways.

Trees and power lines were also reported down sending some areas into darkness for brief periods of time.

Downtown Kelowna lost power for about five minutes around 4 p.m. during the height of the storm.

Areas of Rutland and north also lost power.

FortisBC officials say much of that power had been restored shortly before 5 p.m.

Crews are working to restore power to those still affected as quickly as possible.

As of 5 p.m. in West Kelowna BC Hydro reports eight homes without power in the Bridgeview area while in the North Okanagan 104 homes in Spallumcheen north of Grizzly Hill Road and west of Knob Hill Road are without power.

In Vernon, 215 customers are without power in two separate outages.

A further 1,274 customers in the Enderby/Spalluncheen area east of of Highway 97 are also affected.

Power is expected to be restored later this evening.

In Salmon Arm, nearly 9,000 customers are without power while more than 2,700 customers are without power in the Chase area.



Storm photo gallery


3 family members killed in crash

The three people who died last week in a horrific car accident near Kelowna have been identified by the BC Coroners Service.

Harold Reinhardt Miller, 82, was behind the wheel with his 79-year-old wife Violet Juline Miller in the back seat. The couple’s great grandson, 14-year-old Thomas Thys Edward Davies from Victoria, was seated in the front passenger seat.

The Miller’s red Chevy Malibu was travelling northbound when police, citing witness accounts, say it crossed into oncoming traffic and struck another car. It then collided head-on with a large commercial truck.

All three occupants of the Malibu were deceased at the scene, and drivers of the other vehicles were injured but survived.

The crash happened July 15 around 4:40 p.m. on Highway 97, adjacent to Duck Lake.

The BC Coroners Service and RCMP Traffic Services continue to investigate these deaths.


Man missing since December

Police are seeking public assistance in determining the whereabouts of a man last seen in December, 2013.

On June 8, 2014 the Kelowna RCMP received a report of a missing person from a campsite near James Lake. Terrance Michael Landon had been living in a tent trailer on Crown land for several months and was building a small cabin in the woods there.

The last known contact with Landon was on December 26, 2013 and when a friend recently went to check on him, they found his vehicle and trailer there but could not locate him.

Central Okanagan Search and Rescue has conducted multiple area searches but Landon has not been located.

He is described as:

  • Caucasian male
  • 57 years
  • 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
  • 141 lbs (64 kg)
  • brown hair
  • brown eyes
  • full, grey beard

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Terrance Landon is urged to contact their local police, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Stolen truck smashes store

The front doors of Lake Country Liquor were damaged last week after at least one person tried to break into the store.

Members of the Lake Country RCMP responded to an attempted break and enter around 12:30 a.m. on July 17, after the front doors to the business were repeatedly smashed by a pickup truck.

Video surveillance showed an older model truck make several approaches to the front of the business, causing extensive damage.

A few hours later, the Kelowna RCMP were called about a stolen vehicle. The black 1986 Chevy pickup reported stolen was very similar in description to the suspect vehicle used to damage the business a few hours earlier.

The same truck was recovered on Bulman Road later that same day.

Police are still looking for anyone with information about either crime. They are asked to contact the Lake Country RCMP, Cst. Rogby at 250-766-2288 or the Kelowna RCMP, Cst. Angulo at 250-762-3300. You can also remain anonymous by calling CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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