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Storm knocks out power to 10,000, topples tree

Mature spruce misses home by inches
September 17, 2016 6:44 P.M.

UPDATE: 10:30, Sept. 18

B.C. Hydro says it has restored power to the majority of customers after a thunderstorm accompanied by high winds cut power to about 10,000 homes and businesses across the Thompson-Shuswap region Saturday night.

Remaining outages are concentrated in the Salmon Arm area. Several crews are onsite systematically working their way through the damage.


An evening thunderstorm packed an extra wallop of wind that whipped through the valley Saturday, Sept. 17, toppling a mature spruce tree, which missed a Westsyde home by inches.

The storm knocked out power in certain areas from North Kamloops to Black Pines as well as in Valleyview and Juniper Ridge. More than 10,000 homes were affected. Power in Sun Peaks was also knocked out.

B.C. Hydro crews were mobilized from Kamloops and surrounding areas to repair the outages but there was no estimate on when service might be restored.

Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to the incident around 6:15 p.m. at 819 Kitamoto Rd. The tree took down a hydro line as well. No one was injured and there appeared to be no serious damage to the home.

Initial reports indicated a vehicle was crushed, but the tree wasn’t quite tall enough when it came down to reach a logging truck parked in the driveway next door. No one seemed to be home at 819 Kitamoto.

The storm front swept through minutes earlier, tearing branches from trees as heavy rain pelted down and winds gusted to 65 km/h or more.

Steady rain fell for much of the day across the region and was believed to be a factor in a head-on collision that occured midday on Hwy. 97 near Barnhartvale Road. A small car crashed into a motorhome and two people had to be extricated from their vehicle by a Kamloops Fire Rescue crew using the Jaws of Life. The pair was taken to RIH with non-life threatening injuries.

Tree narrowly missed hitting this logging truck parked next door.


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