Update: Tofino expected to be without power until 6 p.m.

A tree that fell along the Pacific Rim Highway taking down a BC Hydro pole and 12 spans worth of power lines around 7 a.m. this morning has been cleared and the highway is now open to single lane traffic.

The event has left 2,000 in the Tofino and Long Beach area without power.

Hydro had hoped to have power restored by 3 p.m. today but this is no longer realistic.

Hydro spokesperson Karla Louwers said power is now expected to return to the area around 6 p.m.

“Our restoration work was delayed because the tree took a lot longer to clear then we anticipated,” she said. “We’re doing absolutely everything in our power to restore power to the community as quickly and safely as we can.”