Suspected lightning strike leaves 120K residents without power in northern B.C

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A suspected lightening strike cause widespread power outages in northern and central British Columbia on Wednesday night. 

The outages began at about 9:30 p.m. and quickly spread across the region. More than 120,000 residents were without power at one point. 

According to B.C. Hydro, the suspected lightening strike caused a transmission outage and led to the massive power loss.

Communities including Vanderhoof, Smithers, Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Hudsons Hope, Houston and Burns Lake were all impacted.

B.C. Hydro says power is expected to be restored for most customers by 12:30 a.m.

About 100,000 British Columbians are affected by the power outages which span across the north of the province. (B.C. Hydro)

Power to Prince George was restored by 10.15 p.m.

B.C. Hydro says crews are investigating and working in the affected communities.