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Storm cuts power overnight

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

More than 1000 Coastal Taranaki residents will be without power overnight after widespread damage from a storm that first hit the province about 6.30am Tuesday.

The region from Okato to Patea fared worst with power poles uprooted and lines brought down by falling trees. Tornadoes, heavy rain, lightning strikes and strong winds battered the region and much of Powerco’s extensive North Island network is bracing for further high winds tonight.

Parts of Whanganui, Manawatu, Waikato, Tauranga and Coromandel have all experienced some supply disruption.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said crews had made significant gains throughout the day restoring supply.

“About 3000 were still without power at 4.30pm but we hope to get that down to about 1300 tonight,” he said. “Unfortunately there will be some without power overnight and work will begin at first light Wednesday to continue restoration work.”

About 12,000 customers lost power initially but we made good gains and were able to reconnect more than 9000 during the day. But there are parts of the Taranaki network that have been hard hit.  We have numerous poles down while others are leaning over and in a dangerous state. We will not reconnect lines until all the poles and wires are safe.”

“The winds associated with this storm are forecast to continue until early Wednesday morning. We are on high alert,” he said.

Our first priority is safety so we need anyone coming across damage to our network to call either the police or our emergency line 0800 272727.”

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