Close to 5,400 Hydro customers in the southeastern corner of Manitoba are without power Monday morning, “nearly all” due to strong winds that blew throughout the region Sunday. Manitoba Hydro says.
There are 226 total outages impacting 5,379 Hydro customers as of 11:00 a.m., according to the outage map.
Most of the homes and businesses experiencing outages are in or around the shore of Lake Winnipeg, where roughly 3,600 customers are without power, according to the outage map. Environment and Climate Change Canada registered gusts up to 102 km/h in that vicinity on Sunday.
“Those winds pushed branches and sometimes entire trees into our lines knocking out power and damaging equipment,” a Hydro spokesperson said in an email.
“Frankly, the intense winds yesterday made a real mess and it’s slowing our response.”
Bad weather, lightning and fallen trees or branches caused one-third of power outages in Manitoba from 2013-2017, Hydro’s website says.
<a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/mboutage?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#mboutage</a> Safely removing a fallen tree from a line such as this huge spruce near Victoria Beach can be a time consuming process. Thanks to everyone experiencing service disruptions for your continued patience as we work to clean up the mess left by today’s intense winds. <a href=”https://t.co/hTgbQlUhzn”>pic.twitter.com/hTgbQlUhzn</a>
When it comes to trees, there are often multiple points along a power line where branches must be cleared before power can be restored, explained the spokesperson. But apparently the branches that fell yesterday are complicating restoration.
Hydro crews have been working to restore power since at least 8 a.m., according to a Hydro tweet.
“We do our best to provide our customers with an initial estimate but that time can change as the crews start work and the full extent of damage becomes clear,” the spokesperson said.
“Crews clear one branch or tree only to find another one further down and another and so on down the line. It makes providing accurate estimates very difficult.”
The outage map has various restoration estimates attached to each outage. But as of 11 a.m., customers can expect their power to be restored sometime Monday afternoon or late Monday night.
Hydro customers can be assured that the utility company is working as quickly — and safely — as possible to get the lights back on, the spokesperson said.
The number of outages Monday morning is a fraction of what was experienced Sunday evening, however.
At 8 p.m. Sunday, Hydro’s outage map reported more than 16,000 customers were without power.
Environment and Climate Change Canada says strong wind gusts were registered in various locations in southern Manitoba on Sunday:
- Victoria Beach 102 km/h
- Oakpoint 89 km/h
- Winnipeg International Airport 87 km/h
- Elie 87 km/h
- Stonewall 87 km/h
- Narcisse 85 km/h
- Lac du Bonnet 83 km/h
- Altona 83 km/h
- Brandon 80 km/h
- Green Lake 80 km/h
- St. Pierre 80 km/h
- Teulon 80 km/h
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