Thousands without power

UPDATE 10:15 p.m.

BC Hydro's website confirms there was a fire in the Armstrong substation.

The updated estimate says 10,000 customers are impacted by the North Okanagan outage.

"Crews are on site and continuing to work towards restoring power quickly and safely," says the update. "We thank you for your patience."

For current info visit BC Hydro.


UPDATE: 10 p.m.

About 8,200 BC Hydro customers in Vernon, Enderby and Armstrong are without power Thursday night.

"It looks like there's been a fault at our Armstrong substation," said Mora Scott, a spokeswoman with the utility.

Scott said crews were responding, but wasn't able to comment on the cause. She was unable to confirm earlier reports that there was a fire.

Scott had no estimate on when power would be restored.



Thousands of BC Hydro customers in the North Okanagan are without power Thursday night, after a transformer reportedly caught fire.

According to posts on a local Facebook group, a transformer by the BC Liquor Store in Armstrong caught fire Thursday night just before 9 p.m.

The outages extend south to the Swan Lake area.

Over 5,000 customers have been affected according to BC Hydro’s website.

BC Hydro crews have been dispatched to investigate the outages.  


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