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Storm causes more outages

Friday, January 05, 2018

The storm battering the North Island has continued to cause outages across Powerco’s electricity networks today.

The storm battering the North Island has continued to cause outages across Powerco’s electricity networks today.

About 9000 customers are without power, the majority being in Coromandel and Tauranga. Extra field crews have been brought in to cope with restoring supply. 

Strong winds began causing damage to the network from around 9pm yesterday. There have been further outages throughout the day.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said it was difficult to estimate restoration times due to the vast number of power cuts. Some customers face having no power overnight.

“There are lines down in remote parts of the network that we cannot access to inspect the situation. Once we have a better understanding of the extent of repairs needed we can provide more accurate restoration times. We understand this can be frustrating and apologise for the inconvenience.”

He said people should take extreme care if they see fallen power lines which are dangerous and must be treated as live at all times.

People must keep clear of all downed lines by at least 4m and call emergency services on 111 or Powerco on 0800 27 27 27 immediately.

“Our priority is making the network safe.”

Customers wanting information about power cuts can go to http://www.powerco.co.nz/power-cuts/ or call their electricity retailer.

 

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