An electrical storm passed over Fernie on the night of July 23. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

UPDATE: Power restored following storm in North Okanagan

Thousands of Vernon and Armstrong residents affected

UPDATE: Power has been restored for most residents who were taken off the grid due to a storm Thursday evening.

There are still some BX-Swan Lake BC Hydro customers without power.

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ORIGINAL:

A storm has knocked out power to thousands of North Okanagan residents.

The outage affects nearly 5,000 Vernon BC Hydro customers as well as another 1,760 others in Spallumcheen and Armstrong.

The outage was sparked shortly before 5:30 pm north of Vernon and around 6:30 pm in the city, according to BC Hydro.

Crews are on scene or have been assigned.

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