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A Kelowna fire crew deals with one of many trees felled by the wind Monday. 
(Photo: Malcolm Petch - Castanet)
A Kelowna fire crew deals with one of many trees felled by the wind Monday.
(Photo: Malcolm Petch - Castanet)

Wind knocks out power

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Environment Canada issued a wind warning as nature flexed some muscle in Kelowna and Penticton Monday morning. Wind gusts took down trees and caused power outages in various areas.

One report detailed a tree down on the highway in Penticton, effectively blocking traffic from getting to the parkway.

Giant FM was operating on standby power as power was out in their area of the city.

In the Central Okanagan, at least one tree caught fire as it took out a power line on Byland and Webber roads on the Westside. 269 customers are affected and power is expected back on at noon.

Fortis BC says they are dealing with a large number of power outages in the Valley as a result of the wind storm.

"Over 30 trees have fallen and taken out power in Penticton alone," says Aurora Bonin, communications coordinator with Fortis BC. "Some of those are on individual service lines to homes, but others are on distribution lines, which affect whole communities."

Bonin says Fortis are trying to keep on top of the repairs, but with the constant wind it's hard to pin down a time when work will be completed.

"As soon as we fix the line there tends to be another tree coming down," she says. "Until the wind lets up, it's really hard to say how long it will be to get everyone up and running again."

City crews throughout the valley were assisting in clearing roads of fallen trees, but the constant wind was keeping emergency personnel of every kind busy throughout the morning.

Some flights inbound and outbound from Kelowna airport have been affected.


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