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Storm update 5am Tuesday

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Powerco will focus its resources today on restoring power to properties in Wairarapa, Manawatu and Whanganui.

Severe weather has brought down trees and lines, cutting power to properties throughout these regions.

Crews have been working through the night, focusing on making damaged parts of the network safe.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said today’s efforts would concentrate on restoring supply as quickly and safely as possible. Around 1800 customers remained without power last night.

“We’ll have around 70 field staff working in the affected areas today, many coming from other regions to help out.”

Mr Marsh urged members of the public to keep clear of any damaged lines and report them to Powerco on 0800 272727.

“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.”

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.

People wanting further information about power cuts should call their electricity retailer.

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