Lightning sparks power outage in B.C. Interior

Thousands of residents in the B.C. Interior were without power Monday morning after a lightning strike hit part of the power grid feeding the area.
Thousands of homes are without power Monday morning north of Kamloops. (BC Hydro)

Thousands of residents in the B.C. Interior were without power Monday morning after a lightning strike hit part of the power grid feeding the area.

A lightning strike at 3:20 a.m. PT hit part of the power grid feeding the North Thompson Valley, B.C. Hydro spokesman Dag Sharman said.

For most of Monday morning, power was out from a point 20 kilometres north of Kamloops all the way to Valemount, roughly 300 kilometres north.

Sharman said hydro crews had to rebuild a transmission tower before the line could be re-energized.

Power was restored to most homes by noon Monday.

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