September 16, 2013 - 4:48 PM
KAMLOOPS - B.C. Hydro is blaming strong winds that were part of an intense storm system that moved through Kamloops earlier this afternoon for momentarily knocking out power to some and leaving more than 2,000 without power for two hours.
Shortly after 3 p.m. a system bringing thunder, heavy rain and hail crossed over the city. By 3:24 p.m. residents and businesses in the Valleyview, Rose Hill and Juniper areas were without power. B.C. Hydro says the cause is under investigation, estimating power could be back on by 6 p.m.
Early this morning another system moved through the area, downing tree branches and causing damage to a transmission tower. Nearly 7,000 customers lost power for a couple hours because of trees taking down wires. Another estimated 10,900 customers waited more than six hours as crews raced to find and fix the damage after a suspected lightning strike damaged the crossarm of a transmission tower 20 km north of Kamloops.
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Last updated at 6:13 p.m. sept. 16, 2013.
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