BC Hydro says power outage was caused by lightning strike

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – BC Hydro says that lightning was the cause of two power outages that affected over 1500 customers in Fort St. John and Taylor last night.

The first outage occurred just before 8:00 p.m. in an area southeast of Fort St. John and east of Old Fort stretching to Taylor, including the North Peace Airport.

There was also a second smaller outage affecting 118 customers that happened at around 8:15 p.m. between 78A and 86th Streets, stretching from 88th to 93rd Avenues. Both outages were restored by BC Hydro crews shortly after 9:30 p.m. yesterday evening.

Energeticcity.ca received a call this morning from a witness who claimed that a lightning strike caused at least one of the outages. That report was confirmed by BC Hydro spokesperson Bob Gammer in an email this morning.

Gammer says that during the summer, BC Hydro expects that their 77,000 kilometres of power lines and roughly 300 substations across the province will sustain lightning strikes, especially in the BC Interior. Gammer adds that Hydro uses protective equipment on their systems, including lightning arrestors to prevent damage to their system and customers’ property.

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