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Squirrel takes down power

UPDATE: 10:35 a.m.

FortisBC says power will be restored section by section starting immediately.

"We expect power to be fully restored to our customers within the hour," stated a spokesperson.

Officials say a squirrel contacted equipment at the Saucier Avenue substation, causing the outage to about 5,500 FortisBC customers.


UPDATE: 10:10 a.m.

Crews with FortisBC are trying to determine the cause of a widespread power outage in Kelowna.

The outage affects about 5,600 customers throughout downtown and stretching to KLO Road, and from Gordon Drive to the bridge.

FortisBC spokesperson Nicole Brown says the problem appears to be at the Saucier Road substation.

She said crews are en route, trying to determine the cause.

Traffic lights along Harvey Avenue from Gordon to Abbott are out. Motorists are advised to treat non-lighted intersections as four-way stops.


ORIGINAL: 10 a.m.

A large power outage is affecting a huge swath of Kelowna.

FortisBC's outage map shows power is out in an area stretching from Crowley Avenue in the North End, much of downtown Kelowna, to KLO Road in the Mission.

More details to come



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