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Storm knocks out power to some of Nelson Hydro customers

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
October 3rd, 2018

While it wasn't like the snowstorm that hit southern Alberta, the Nelson area was treated to a punishing storm Tuesday afternoon that pelted Nelson with hail and knocked out power to hydro customers west of Nelson — Taghum and Blewett — and north of Redfish — Proctor and Coffee Creek.

Environment Canada was calling for copious amounts of rain, however, not all at once.

The storm arrived shortly after 5 p.m., with hail raining down on Nelson and power going out at approximately 5:37 p.m. west of Nelson.

A Nelson Hydro spokesperson said a large tree was the cause near Western Auto that took our power to Nelson Hydro customers in Blewett and Taghum. 

And a short time later, Nelson Hydro experienced problems at the plant in Bonnington, forcing the city to log onto FortisBC grid for power. However, FortisBC also experienced problems from the storm, which knocked out power to Nelson Hydro customers in north of Redfish in Proctor and Coffee Creek.

Power was restored by contractor crews to parts of Blewett shortly after 9 p.m., and Taghum after midnight as well as north of Nelson.

Nelson Hydro said a few customers in Queens Bay has power restored Wednesday.

The storm arrived following a nice fall day in Nelson, with a mix of sun and cloud.

Ironically, that's the Environment Canada forecast for the next few days.

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