UPDATE 10:30 p.m.:
“Good progress has been made restoring power following a windstorm this morning in the Interior,” BC Hydro states on its website. “Crews are working around the clock but we expect small pockets of customers to be out overnight in Prince George, Burns Lake, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, Williams Lake, and 100 Mile House. Updates will be provided for each outage as crew continue to make progress. Thanks for your patience.”
In the Williams Lake area there continues to be a handful outages in the Likely, Horsefly and Quesnel Lake junction areas.
In the 100 Mile House area there continues to be outages in the Lac La Hache area as well as several small outages south east of 100 Mile House in the area of Sheridan Lake and Bridge Lake.
Update 2:30 p.m.:
BC Hydro is reporting that thousands of customers in the Central Interior are without power after a windstorm swept through the region Tuesday morning.
“Approximately 10,000 customers in northern and southern B.C. are out of service due to a wind storm early this morning,” stated BC Hydro at 2:30 p.m. “Impacted communities are 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Vanderhoof, and Burns Lake. Crews will be working around the clock until everyone is back, and individual restoration times will be provided as available. Please continue to check for the latest updates. Thank you for your patience.”
In the Williams Lake area power has been restored to all customers except the outage that spans a length of Dog Creek Road and to the community of Dog Creek.
There are still multiple outages east of Lac La Hache, 108 Mile Ranch and 105 Mile House.
BC Hydro crews are responding to multiple power outages Tuesday morning around Williams Lake and 100 Mile House, including one that has knocked out power to 1,082 customers in the Chilcotin.
A powerful wind storm moved through the Interior Tuesday, causing multiple outages. BC Hydro is reporting wire down and trees down across power lines as the cause of some of the outages while others are still under investigation.
Environment Canada has forecast winds from the northwest at 40 km/h gusting to 60 km/h in the Williams Lake area for Tuesday.
As of 11:30 a.m., there are five major power outages in the Williams Lake area; 87 customers in the Lynne Creek Road area north and east of Williams Lake, 157 customers west of Dog Creek Road, 1,082 customers in an area west of Williams Lake stretching from just west of the city to just past Kleena Kleene, 460 customers in the Alkali Lake area from Dog Creek Road to the community of Dog Creek and 269 customers north and south of Highway 97 in the Lac La Hache area.
Another 147 customers are out of power around 103 Mile, 560 south of Watch Lake Road, near Green Lake, as well as another 93 east of Southcrest Road south of Green Lake and 56 south of Sheridan Lake Road on the east side of Sheridan Lake.
12:06 p.m. update: BC Hydro now also has an outage listed north of Boulanger Road on the west side of Sheridan Lake affecting 54 customers, an outage south of Bridge Lake Road on the west side of Bridge Lake affecting 116 customers and an outage north of Horse Lake Road south of Horse Lake affecting 172 customers.