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Weather changes likely caused power outages

Oct 14 2012

A sudden change in weather is likely the cause of thousands of power outages in the Capital Region the past two days, according to B.C. Hydro.

On Friday and Saturday there were a total of 17 long-term outages in Greater Victoria with the largest blackout affecting about 7,000 customers in the Jubilee and Fernwood neighbourhoods.

A fire on top of a power pole created the outage just before midnight Friday, said B.C. Hydro spokesman Ted Olynyk.

The first 3,000 customers had their power restored by 6 a.m. on Saturday, while the remainder had power by 11: 15 a.m.

A build-up of dust and grime on the wires from long stints of dry weather can often result in a fire during the first rainfall, Olynyk said.

Earlier on Friday, an estimated 2,000 customers in an area east of Forest Hill Road in Central Saanich were without power for five hours. The cause of that outage has not yet been determined.

Another 1,100 customers lost power for just more than an hour Friday morning on John Street, near Turner Street, in Victoria.