Powerco is warning people to stay away from any power lines brought down by strong winds in the Coromandel last night.
Gales gusting 130km/h caused power cuts affecting more than 5000 properties.
Starting about 4pm yesterday, trees and debris tore down overhead lines, cutting power to parts of Waihi, Whangamata, Pauanui, Whitianga, Whiritoa, Thames Coast and Colville, with a smaller number of customers impacted in Wairarapa and Whanganui.
Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh urged members of the public to keep clear of any damaged lines and report them to Powerco on 0800 272 727.
“Power lines that have fallen to the ground may look safe, but they’re very often still live. Live lines can kill. Keep yourselves, your children, pets and livestock well away from any downed lines and call Powerco.”
Mr Marsh said field staff had already restored supply to around 3300 ,but had situations where repairs had been completed and lines had been damaged again. About 50 field staff were working to restore supply to the remaining affected customers, mostly around the Coromandel Peninsula.
“Powerco is mindful of the inconvenience caused to customers and we are working to get power back on safely as soon as possible.
“There are currently around 2800 properties without supply and Powerco expects to restore the majority of supply by the end of the day, barring further damage.”
People with mobile phones with a web browser can save Powerco’s outage and faults page www.powerco.co.nz/Outages-and-Faults/ to their favourites for latest information about power cuts and expected restoration times.
Mr Marsh said people wanting further information about power cuts should call their electricity retailer.