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Keep Clear of Downed Power Lines

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Powerco is warning people to stay away from any power lines brought down by strong winds forecast over the next few days.

The MetService is predicting severe gales over southern regions of the North Island. The current forecast is for northwesterlies, gusting 120km/h late Tuesday afternoon easing about Wellington and the Wairarapa early Thursday morning, with heavy rain forecast for much of the lower North island during the same period.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said these conditions could damage trees and power lines, particularly in the Wairarapa region.

“Power lines that have fallen to the ground may look safe but they’re very often still live. Live lines can kill. Stay well away from them and call Powerco if you see any downed lines.”

“If people see lines down they should treat them as live at all times, keep themselves and others well clear and contact Powerco  on the emergency line 0800 272 727.”

Mr Marsh said the weather had the potential to cause power cuts across the lower North Island. Powerco’s focus would be to safely restore supply to customers as soon as possible.

He said people should make sure trampolines were securely fixed to the ground or they could blow on to lines causing multiple power cuts.

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.

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