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‘Exuberant’ electrical storm topples trees, cuts power

High winds have knocked down trees and power lines on the North Shore. - Karen Bennett photo
High winds have knocked down trees and power lines on the North Shore.
— image credit: Karen Bennett photo

An electrical storm caused a brief power outage in Nelson on Tuesday night, while residents reported toppling trees and lightning strikes.

“There’s no question the electrical storm was very intense,” said Nelson Hydro line manager Doug Pickard. “But we came out of it relatively unscathed.”

He said the lost power was due to Fortis losing their supply after a lightning strike on their 97 line.

Nelson Hydro also lost their line to Mount Nelson, which meant residences supplied by it were without power until after noon on Wednesday.

“We couldn’t fly to see what was wrong until noon, so it wasn’t in service again until 2 p.m. that day,” he said.

Three trees fell and had to be removed on Taylor Drive in Six Mile as well. The Star has received multiple reports of lightning strikes and fallen trees.

“It’s just one of those summer storms, a little more exuberant than most, but we were quite fortunate. Fortis had many more problems than we did.”
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