Update 9:35 a.m.
The two power outages reported earlier this morning are no longer included in BC Hydro’s power outage list, as of 9:24 a.m.
Several more outages have been added to the list — mainly caused by downed trees — but they do affect less people.
About 175 people are currently affected by power outages. The largest outage, caused by a tree down across Hydro wires, affects 114 people south of Quesnel in the area west of Leflar Road and east of Fraser Road.
Trees down across Hydro wires have also caused an outage affecting 32 people west of Dale Lake Road, north of Highway 97, south of Roufosse Road and east of Red Bluff Road, as well as less than five people in the 2800 block of Durrell Road and less than five people in the 2400 block of Bouchie Lake Road. A snow storm is the listed cause for a power outage affected 25 people west of Pinchbeck Street, south of Picard Avenue, north of Pentland Crescent and east of Dawson Street near the Uplands neighbourhood.
Original story: 8:49 a.m.
Close to 2,500 people in Quesnel are without power this morning.
BC Hydro is reporting 2,456 customers west of Red Bluff Road and south of Paley Place have been without power since 7:29 a.m., while 42 customers have lost power in the area north of Patchett Street, southwest of Healy Street and east of Paley Place. Their power has been out since 7:19 a.m.
As of 8:19 a.m., the cause of both outages is under investigation. There is a crew on-site for the larger outage west of Red Bluff Road and south of Paley Place, and a crew has been assigned to the outage north of Patchett Street, southwest of Healy Street and east of Paley Place.
An Environment Canada wind warning is currently in effect for the Cariboo, and strong northwest winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 km/h are expected today.
“A cold front associated with a low pressure centre over the central interior will sweep across the southern interior this morning reaching Washington State this afternoon,” according to Environment Canada’s online weather forecast. “In the wake of the front, strong northwest winds of 70 km/h gusting to 90 are expected over the aforementioned regions [Cariboo north, including Quesnel, and Cariboo south, including Williams Lake] today. Quesnel reported a wind gust of 94 km/h at 7:10 a.m.”