Tens of thousands of Manitobans are waking up in the dark and cold Friday morning, as Manitoba Hydro struggles to keep up with a growing list of outages.

Wet heavy snow on trees and high winds are blamed for many of the outages. Manitoba Hydro says that in some cases lines are also coming down.

The utility company says that if anyone notices downed lines they should stay away and immediately call 9-1-1.

As of 5:30 a.m. Friday there are over 26,000 customers listed as without power throughout the province. That includes nearly 18,000 in the City of Winnipeg.

Manitoba Hydro says there is no estimate for time of restoration for a large number of the outages.

Hydro asks that you report an outage online.

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