Strong winds wreaking havoc across the city

The winds have arrived in Kamloops, with gusts up 91 kilometres per hour.

Environment Canada issued a wind warning early Friday morning advising strong northwest winds would blow at 70 km/h, gusting up to 90 km/h, the result of a cold front with a low pressure centre sweeping across the Southern Interior.

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Kamloops Fire Rescue responded to a number of calls for lines down across the city.

BC Hydro reported at least six outages across the city and more in the surrounding region affecting more than 32,000 customers in the Thompson and Shuswap, including about 9,000 in Kamloops.

The Kamloops Airport is reporting that some flights have been diverted due to the winds and travellers should check their flight status with their airlines.

Traffic was affected in Barnhartvale and Dallas as crews blocked the road for BC Hydro to deal with downed lines and trees.

To report severe weather, email or use the hashtag #BCStorm on Twitter.

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A downed line marked with ribbons on Ronde Lane in Barnhartvale. - Dave Eagles/KTW
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