(BC Hydro)

A surprise mass power outage overtook Greater Victoria Friday afternoon that might have made for a short workday.

A reported transmission circuit failure caused at least 42 outages in the southern Vancouver Island area.

At one point this mass outage affected nearly 100,000 BC Hydro customers.

Downtown Victoria and Esquimalt are two of the few municipalities that were not affected by the outage.

The outage is being blamed on a transmission circuit failure.

According to BC Hydro’s website, If your power goes out, you should turn off electric heaters, major appliances, and unplug sensitive electronics. This helps reduce the load on their system and protects your equipment from damage.

They also recommend turning off all lights except one indoors or outdoors depending on where you are so you know when power returns. 

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