Lightning strike knocks out power for south London neighbourhood

London Hydro workers tackle repairs in driving rain Thursday after a reported lightning strike took down a utility pole on Bessemer Road at Newbold Street in an industrial park in the the south end of London. Due to the high tension in the lines and the weight, at least five other poles collapsed, draping lines on the roads and over other lines. Hydro officials say it won’t be long before they are able to restore power to the about 200 businesses affected. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)

A lightning strike has knocked out power to a south London neighbourhood.

London Hydro and firefighters are on the scene near Exeter and Bessemer roads after lightning struck a utility pole, police said.

Officials are asking people to avoid the area, where electrical wires are on the road and work crews are expected to be on the scene for several hours.

London Hydro estimates the power will be out until 4:30 p.m.

The utility’s outage map indicates the area affected is south of Bradley Avenue, east of Wellington Road, west of Pond Mills Road and north of Exeter Road.

Follow updates of the power outage here

Source: London Hydro crews on scene at Exeter and Bessemer | The London Free Press