Wednesday night’s power outage that hit Penticton and Naramata appears to be a blown transformer on Naramata Road.
Just after 8 p.m., Naramata volunteer fire department went to power lines down at Naramata Road and Gawne Rd.
Serendipity Winery’s Katie O’Kell took to Facebook that she saw and heard a transformer blow at 8 p.m. on Naramata Rd. where the fire department showed up shortly after and closed the road temporarily.
The power outage effected over 1,200 homes and businesses from Penticton to Naramata, including Landmark Cinemas on Winnipeg Street. The theatre had to safely exit all the moviegoers but not before giving the passes to come see a show at another time.
Residents in the Uplands and Fairview area also reported not having any power. Many remarked they were grateful the outage happened this week and not last, when we still dealing with 36 C temperatures at 8 p.m. at night.
Update: Wednesday, 9 p.m.
While the power outage was removed from the city’s outage map at around 9 p.m., the outage is still listed on the FortisBC website from the city’s edge north beyond Naramata.
The city map showed the outage stretching across most of the city north from Eckhardt Avenue.
Two individual outages are listed on the Fortis outage map; one stretching from the centre of Naramata north that has a cause listed as a transmission outage, and an outage from Naramata to the city of Penticton’s borders which is listed as being caused by a fire.
Approximately 1278 customers are affected by the two outages according to FortisBC, which began around 7:26 p.m.
The outages both have an estimated time of restoration of midnight tonight.
It is not currently known where any particular fire may have been.
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