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B.C.: Power restored after suspected lightning strike cuts power to 120,000

Thursday, September 12th 2019, 10:30 am - Power restored for most customers by early Thursday morning

Power has been restored to more than 120,000 residents in northern and central British Columbia after a suspected lightening strike caused widespread power outages Wednesday night.

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According to B.C. Hydro, the outages began at about 9:30 p.m. and quickly spread across the region. More than 120,000 residents were without power at one point.

Hydro said a lightning strike was suspected to have caused the transmission outage and led to the massive power loss.

Communities including Vanderhoof, Smithers, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudsons Hope, Houston and Burns Lake were impacted.

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