UPDATE as of 11 p.m. – Power has been restored in Fort St. John
UPDATE as of 10:50 p.m. – There are now only 40,000 customers without power. Hydro is slowly restoring power to the region after an outage knocked out power to over 125,000 customers. The last community should see power restored by 12:30 a.m.
UPDATE as of 10:30 p.m. – B.C. Hydro is working to restore power to over 125,000 customers in Northern B.C. According to Bob Gammer with B.C. Hydro, crews are working to restore power stagged approach, to reduce the chances of any other power outages. They will slowly restore power to each community affected and the last areas should see their power back on by 12:30 a.m.
UPDATE as of 10:10 p.m. – The power could be back on by 12:30 a.m. Hydro says power could be restored by 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept 12. BC Hydro says the outage is believed to have been caused by a lightning strike.
Large outages in northern BC tonight are caused by a suspected lightning strike. Crews are beginning restoration efforts across the region, working to restore all customers in the next few hours. Most of #cityofPG has been restored and we expect most customers back by 12:30am.
— BC Hydro (@bchydro) September 12, 2019
UPDATE as of 10 p.m. – Over 125,000 customers are now without power. The outage is affecting a number of communities in Northern B.C. There is no estimate on when power will be restored. Reports of fires in Prince George and Taylor are only flaring. The gas plant in Taylor and the refinery in PG are flaring due to the power outage.
UPDATE as of 9:40 p.m. – Approximately 100,000 customers in northern BC are out of service due to a transmission failure. Affected communities run north and west of Prince George including Vanderhoof, Smithers, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudsons Hope, Houston and Burns Lake. Crews are investigating and we will begin restoration efforts as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience. We will continue to provide updates as soon as they become available.
UPDATE as of 9:25 p.m. – There are over 100,000 customers in Northern B.C. without power. BC Hydro is still investigating why the power is out and does not have an estimate on when power will be restored. The outage covers areas like Smithers, Prince George, MacKenzie and all of Northeast B.C.
UPDATE as of 9:10 p.m. – THe outage is affecting over 34,000 customers in Northeast B.C. There is no estimate yet on when power will be restored.
UPDATE as of 9:07 p.m. – Early reports suggest the power is out all over Northeast B.C. We are still waiting for more information from B.C. Hydro.
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – There is a large power outage affecting Fort St. John and Charlie Lake.
At this time we are waiting more information from B.C. Hydro, but we understand power is out in a large part of Fort St. John and Charlie Lake.
Is the power out where you live?
We will post updates as soon as information is available from B.C. Hydro.