Energy continues to be restored throughout Kelowna

(UPDATE: Dec. 21 @ 2:10 pm) – Power has been restored to thousands of customers in Kelowna over the past few hours.

Rutland and Black Mountain both have power again, but FortisBC crews continue working to try and restore power to around 1,600 East Kelowna customers.

NowMedia will update this story once everyone’s power has been restored.

(UPDATE: Dec. 21 @ 12:20 pm) – FortisBC crews have restored power to around 1,500 customers in Rutland.

Unfortunately, around 2,000 customers in Black Mountain and another 2,000 in East Kelowna remains in the dark at this time.

All outages are estimated to be fixed by 1 pm.

(UPDATE: Dec. 21 @ 10:45 am) – FortisBC is now estimating that the power will be restored to more than 5,000 Kelowna customers around 1 pm.

(Original story: Dec. 21 @ 9:45 am) – It’s a dark and gloomy start to the work week for many Kelowna residents and businesses.

Yes, the weather is a large part of that, but there’s also around 5,300 Kelowna customers in the dark right now thanks to a power outage.

Our crews are aware of a power outage that is affecting about 5,300 customers in #KelownaBC. We are working to assess the situation and make the necessary repairs. For updates, visit https://t.co/Z0hcmXvlNa

— FortisBC (@FortisBC) December 21, 2020

FortisBC says it’s aware of the outages and is “working to assess the situation and make the necessary repairs.

A cause of the outage has not yet been identified, but there’s speculation on local Facebook groups that it’s due to a downed tree on a power line.

The outage is affecting around 1,500 customers in Rutland, 2,000 in Black Mountain and 2,000 in East Kelowna.

There’s currently no estimate on when the power will be restored to these areas.

KelownaNow will update this story as more information becomes available.

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