Power outages were reported in parts of Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer.
Fortis said lightning had hit an AB-BC intertie, which created frequency issues system-wide.
As a follow up to the outage earlier, the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO) confirmed a lightning strike in B.C. hit the AB-B.C. intertie, which created frequency issues system-wide. Thank you to all of our peers for your hard work and to our customers for your support.— FortisAlberta (@FortisAlberta) June 8, 2020
Shortly after 5 p.m. Epcor tweeted that all power in Edmonton was restored.
Power is now restored to all affected customers in #yeg. Thank you for your tweets and messages. Have a good evening.— EPCOR (@EPCOR) June 7, 2020
Around 8 p.m., AESO said the power outages may have been caused by a lightning strike to a major transmission line and were largely restored.
Power outages likely caused by a lightning strike to a major transmission line are largely restored. Thank you to AB’s power industry for your quick response and to Albertans for your patience.— AESO (@theAESO) June 8, 2020
Enmax’s website was down as well since 3 p.m. and the company was looking into it.
Epcor responded to a high volume of calls in Edmonton saying about 25,000 customers were affected.
The City of Red Deer also reported outages on the north end of the city. The city, as of 3:30, says they have restored power to all areas except the downtown.
Lethbridge reported power outages on its west side.
Shaw also reported outage in some parts of Alberta including Red Deer, Medicine Hat and Sherwood Park.
Update 2: all power has been restored except downtown. Crews are working hard to restore it as soon as possible. #RedDeer— The City of Red Deer (@CityofRedDeer) June 7, 2020
🚧 Moderate Internet #outage ongoing: #Shaw in #Alberta #Canada since 2:55 PM for one hour, impacting #RedDeer #SherwoodPark #MedicineHat +2 areas— Fing Internet Alert (@outagedetect) June 7, 2020
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Sarah Murphy/Alberta Press Leader
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