A tree on a power line has knocked out power to residents in the lower Mission. More than 3,000 Fortis customers are said to be affected.

UPDATED: Major power outage in Kelowna’s Mission area

Crews expect power to be restored at 7 p.m.

UPDATED: 6:20 p.m.

Fortis BC crews expect power to be restored at 7 p.m.

UPDATE: 4:52 p.m.

According to Fortis BC spokesperson Michael Allison, crews have yet to determine when power will be restored to 1,600 homes in the Lower Mission.

Originally, 1,600 customers lost power when a large tree fell, due to high winds, on powerlines. Fortis BC had to cut power to an additional 2,000 customers upon arriving at the scene, which have since been restored.

To stay updated, follow Fortis BC on Twitter.

ORIGINAL:

Thousands of people are without power this afternoon in the Lower Mission area of Kelowna after a tree fell onto a power line about 3 p.m. this afternoon.

According to Fortis BC, more than 3,000 customers are affected by the outage. The company initially said on its Twitter feed that the power was expected to be resorted by about 6 p.m. but later said the estimated time of restoration was still to be determined.

Fortis crews along with firefighters from the Kelowna Fire Department have been on the scene, dealing with the downed power lines, but also reports of a grass fire in the area.

The Capital News has sent a reporter to the area and will update the story as the situation unfolds.

If you see news, email us at newstips@kelownacapnews.com.

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