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Power outages hit Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer and Lethbridge

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.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Epcor tweeted that all power in Edmonton was restored.

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.

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.

-sarah.murphy@albertapressleader.ca

Sarah Murphy/Alberta Press Leader

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