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UPDATE: More than 30,000 without power in Thompson and Shuswap

A B.C. Hydro crew works to replace a pole in this undated file photo.
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October 25, 2019 - 12:51 PM

As strong winds whip the Thompson and Shuswap regions, BC Hydro crews are faced with the mammoth task of restoring power to 32,888 customers.

According to BC Hydro, 8,843 customers in Kamloops are affected alongside 14,531 in Salmon Arm. The remaining outages are stretch between the 100 Mile House area and Enderby in the North Okanagan.

While the cause for the majority of outages remains under investigation, Environment Canada issued a special weather advisory about the expected high winds Friday morning.

A cold front associated with a low-pressure system is causing strong northwest winds of 70 to 90 km/h are expected today in the South Thompson, Nicola, Shuswap and Okanagan.

Quesnel saw gusts of 94 km/h this morning, which prompted a separate warning for the North Thompson.

The wind storms have caused dozens of power outages in the region. Crews are attending to some of the areas but most do not currently have an estimate as to when power will be restored.

Over 3,100 residents are without power east of Kamloops near Dallas and Barnhartvale, and B.C. Hydro estimate crews will restore power by 2 p.m. Another area in Kamloops in Aberdeen has left 31 without power, but B.C. Hydro crews have not yet been assigned to that area.

For the latest on the power outages go to B.C. Hydro's website here.

More than 30,000 are without power in the Thompson and Shuswap.
More than 30,000 are without power in the Thompson and Shuswap.

— This story was updated at 12:46 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2019, to include information about additional power outages and expected restoration times.

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