UPDATE: Energy is expected to resume by 5pm for many regions of the North Island.
At 5:00 a.m., crews are planning to reactivate the transmission system north of Woss, diverting power to all distribution lines. At the time they expected 90 per cent of North Island’s customers to get energy back. It is possible that there is still a need for repairs along the distribution lines that will be captured after the transmission system is restored.
The exception is Zeballos who had additional damage to his system. BC Hydro predicts a return of energy to those customers by the end of Thursday.
Port Hardy, Port McNeill, Port Alice, Coal Harbor, Sointula and Alert Bay are all scheduled to have power restored by 5pm on November 18th.
The original article follows:
BC Hydro told the Gazette that all crews that could be saved, including contracted crews, were sent to the North Island.
Most of the crews have focused on repairing the distribution lines that were damaged in Tuesday’s storm, so that when the transmission lines light up again, most of the North Islands will get energy again.
Teams have identified the problem on the transmission lines north of Woss, and are working on the problem.
Rumors have circulated on the internet that it might take BC Hydro a week to restore power, but BC Hydro’s spokesman for the island, Ted Olynyk, no doubt shared that story.
Power could be restored as early as Wednesday evening, he said. Most of the North Island lost energy in the middle of the day on Tuesday.
This storm was almost as bad as the devastating storm of 2018.
“This was a very deep and low pressure system, and unfortunately we know this will happen more often. “We know we are getting more storms and they are getting stronger due to climate change,” Olynyk said.
He said there has been an 117 per cent increase in the number of storms Hidro HC teams have had to deal with since 2014.
Stay tuned for updates.
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