UPDATE – There are still about 1,000 customers in and around Fort St. John that are without power. Hydro says they should have all the power restored by 8pm tonight. That could change depending on the damage to equipment in your area.
For a complete list of outages and specific details, visit www.bchydro.com/outages
A wind warning has now been put into effect for the Peace Region. Southwest winds of 70km/h are expected with gusts up to 90km/h. BC Hydro is reporting power outages all over the region with major outages north of Charlie Lake and just south of Fort St John. As of 2:30 PM, BC Hydro is estimating to have the power back on in the various outages between 5:30 and 8 PM, however, that is subject to change depending on how long it takes crews to repair the lines.
Trees have been seen lying across power lines, while in town a parking lot cart shelter was blown into the side of a car. Residents are reminded to be careful while out, and watch for moving objects.
The winds are coming from a deep low pressure system over the Peace Region, which is creating a powerful southwest winds. The winds are estimated to died down late afternoon and early evening as the system heads north.