Thousands left without power as storm rips across BC

Outages across Interior

UPDATE: 6:45 a.m.

BC Hydro and FortisBC continue to report numerous outages affecting thousands of customers across the Southern Interior following Monday's storm.

Multiple outages are still affecting Kelowna, West Kelowna, Summerland, Lake Country, and other areas.

Outages are also reported in a broad swath from Cherryville in the east, through Coldstream, Spallumcheen, Armstrong, Falkland and west to Kamloops.

Many more outages are reported by both utilities through the Fraser Canyon, Fraser Valley, Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and Kootenays.

UPDATE: 12:45 a.m.

More power has been restored to some pockets of the Central Okanagan.

In Lake Country, power is back on for more than 1,700 BC Hydro customers east of Pelmewash Parkway.

Power remains out for other areas previously affected in Lake Country.

In Kelowna, an area of Rutland north of Highway 33, portions of Glenmore and a part of the Upper Mission remain without power.

On the Westside, more the 3,600 BC Hydro customers north of Aubrey Road past Traders Cove remain in the dark, as do another 5,400 customers, mainly west of Highway 97 stretching all the way to Glenrosa.

It's estimated power in some cases may not be restored until sometime in the day Tuesday.

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m.

Nearly 1,900 FortisBC customers within the city of Kelowna have had their power restored within the past hour.

Some customers in the southern section of Southeast Kelowna and portions of the Lower Mission now have power.

Nearly 20,000 Fortis BC and BC Hydro customers across the Central Okanagan remain without power.

In all, BC Hydro estimates more than 120,000 customers are without power following Monday's storm.

UPDATE: 7 p.m.

Good news for people living in the Southeast Kelowna area.

Power has been restored for about 428 customers around the McCulloch and KLO areas.

More than 20,000 people in the Central Okanagan are still without power.

UPDATE: 6:15 p.m.

Another 1,700 homes in Lake Country have lost power due to Monday's storm.

The new list includes people living east of Pelmewash Parkway.

BC Hydro says about 126,000 customers across the province are without power.

UPDATE 5:40 p.m.

Power has gone out to more than 2,000 more customers in the Central Okanagan.

More than 700 BC Hydro customers in Lake Country are now without power.

The outage affects a large area west of Highway 97 from Pixie Beach in the south stretching north toward Vernon. The outage encompasses areas of Carrs Landing Road and Commonage Road down to Okanagan lake.

Another section of the Lower Mission including the Capital News Centre and stretching east through the Crawford Estates area is also now without power.

UPDATE: 5 p.m.

Power remains out for more than 19,000 on both sides of Okanagan Lake as a result of Monday's wind, rain and electrical storm.

A little more than 11,700 customers are without power over a wide area of Kelowna, however, power in the downtown area stretching as far south as KLO has been restored for the most part.

Power remains out in areas of the upper and lower Mission, Southeast Kelowna, Rutland and Glenmore.

In West Kelowna and the Westside of Okanagan Lake, power remains out to approximately 7,600 customers.

This includes a large area stretching along Westside Road and Bear Lake Main stretching from past Traders Cove to the north, all the way south to Casa Loma, and parts of Lakeview Heights.

Two other outages cover a wide area west of Highway 97 South encompassing portions of Shannon Lake Road, Stevens Road and Ross road east of the highway, and across a large portion of Glenrosa.

There's no indication when power might be restored.

ORIGINAL 3:15 p.m.

Utility crews with both FortisBC and BC Hydro are scrambling to deal with several large power outages in Kelowna and West Kelowna.

A thunderstorm blew through the Central Okanagan Monday afternoon, toppling trees and knocking out electricity to entire neighbourhoods.

On the Westside, power is out in Shannon Lake, Upper Glenrosa and everywhere north of Hudson Road as far as Traders Cove. There are roughly 7,000 customers in the dark on the Westside, says FortisBC

In Kelowna, there are outages in the Mission, downtown and hospital area, Glenmore and Dilworth Mountain. In all, about 12,700 Kelowna residents are without power, says BC Hydro.

Fire crews are also out dealing with multiple reports of fallen trees.

This story will be updated as more information is known.

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