Power lines are taking a beating in the windy conditions.
Extra crews have been called in as FortisAlberta is busy trying to restore power for thousands of people. Strathcona County has had multiple major power outages, Fort Saskatchewan, Ardrossan and other nearby communities have dealt with a handful of smaller cases.
Around 6 p.m. on Monday (Jun.11), over 400 customers in Strathcona County and Sturgeon County were without power.
"Heavy winds are uprooting trees and they're are landing on the lines," said Alana Antonelli, manager of communications with FortisAlberta. "Lightening can also cause the power to go out, but that's not what we're seeing in this case."
The windy conditions have caused delays in restoring power, as crews decide whether going up in the bucket truck is safe or not
"They have to assess the situation before they do their work. If it's deemed not safe to get up their in a bucket then they have to wait till things die down a bit or find alternate ways to get the power back on," added Antonelli. "Some repairs can take more time than usual because we're out there repairing line and poles in some cases."
An updated power outage map can be found here.