Photo: Thank you to Jen Andrews for submitted this photo of a lightning strike just before the rain started Thursday night
A number of customers all over the BC Peace Country are without power because of a thunderstorm moving through the region.
The largest outage is effecting customers Northeast of Fort St. John. The area is South of Bueckert AVE, North of Alaska HWY, East of Old Fort RD, West of Bison Road. Approximately 1,800 customers are without power and Hydro expects power to be restored by 1am. The power went out in this area around 11:30pm.
At 11:40pm the power was knocked out in a small area of Fort St. John. The area is North of 96 AVE, South of 97 AVE, East of 104 ST and West of 100 ST (see the below map). The power is out to about 80 customers and should be restored by 5am September 4th.
Just before 11pm Thursday night, 160 customers in Taylor lost power because of the lightning storm. The outage is effecting customers North of Taylor RD, West of Alaska HWY and South of 102ND ST. At this time BC Hydro says the power should be restored by 2am.
For updates on the outages visit www.bchydro.com/outages
The power has also been knocked out in a number of areas in and around Dawson Creek. At one point the power was out in over 110 homes, with some areas being told they might not get their power restored until 10am on Friday September 4th. The majority of those outages were caused by lightning strikes.
Many areas of the BC Peace are experience a large amount of lightning. According to Environment Canada some areas are receiving any where from 2.5 – 9.9 lightning strikes per minute.
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This map shows where the power is out in Fort St. John
This map shows who is effected by the power outage in Taylor.