REPORTING · 10th October 2010
Winds howled over entire Sacred Circle reaching speeds of 69 Kilometres per hour at the Terrace / Kitimat Airport. The winds resulted in blackouts across the region last night taking the power out in many communities.
Parts of Terrace, the Hazelton’s, Prince Rupert, Kitimat, Smithers and many other communities lost power and the power is still off in many homes across the Northwest. Blackouts began in Kitimat around 1:30 last night and power was not scheduled to be restored until around 10 and 11 this morning.
There are still outages across the map as of publication, with parts of Terrace, Kitimat and Stewart expected to have power restored by 6:00 pm, Thanksgiving day.
Drive BC reports Highway 16 , on Haida Gwaii, is now clear of debris from the storm. Trees fell onto the roadways between Skidegate to Tlell and hydro lines were down on Lawnhill Road.
The Nisga'a Highway remains closed 30 km north of the Junction with Highway 16 in Terrace to 90 km north of Junction with Highway 16, in Terrace (60 km) because of Hydro Lines Down.
This has left the entire Nass Valley and Rosswood without power until at least the Thanksgiving supper hour.
Terrace is without power in many neighbourhoods. Kalum Lake Drive, Brousseau Road, Old Lakelse Road and Waterlily Bay are all reported to be without power. The entire Horseshoe area back to North Terrace is facing the same delay for power to be restored. Residents in Old Remo face the same scenerio as do those East of Terrace, Usk, Copper River and Gitaus.
Almost all of the Haida Gwaii region between Lawnhill and Tlell has been without power but it is expected to be on shortly.
Prince Rupert is facing many outages as well with the reserve areas of Lax Kw'alaams and Metlakatla not expecting to see power until late Monday evening. Prince Rupert and Port Edward are expecting power later this evening, Sunday, October 10.
The outages in Terrace with a time for power return estimate for 6 pm Monday afternoon.
Many neighbourhoods in Prince Rupert are without power but will see their power likely returned for a Monday evening Turkey.
Only these areas are expected to be without power in and around Kitimat by Monday afternoon