Wednesday’s early morning gusty winds in the Kootenay Lake region have resulted in power outages across the Creston Valley and surrounding area.
Gusts reached speeds of 50 to 70 km/h, according to Environment Canada. As of Thursday, FortisBC is reporting that a total of 536 homes in the Boswell and Gray Creek area is still without power. In the Walkers, Kootenay Bay and Crawford Bay region, there are 864 residences still without power.
FortisBC reported that 226 residences along Highway 3 between Erickson and Yahk were without power on Wednesday but had their power restored later that day. In the downtown Creston area, 43 residences and businesses are without power, 15 of which have been restored. Lakeview-Arrow Creek area, 14 residences are without power, while five homes in the Lister area are experiencing power outages. There were a total of 10 homes in West Creston also without power, seven of which have been restored.
Winds are expected to ease in the afternoon, said Environment Canada, who reminded residents to adjust their driving due to changing road conditions.
“Loose objects may be tossed by the wind and cause injury or damage,” said Environment Canada.
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