Repairs underway to restore customers' power
Powerco field crews are on the ground in Manawatū, Tararua, Wairarapa and Whanganui regions working to reconnect customers without power following gale force winds.
Gusts of up to 153km/h were reported in the lower North Island overnight on Sunday, with 2,900 without power overnight.
As of 10am, there were 1,827 customers without supply. Manawatū, Tararua, Wairarapa and Whanganui have been the worst affected, with most outages caused by trees falling through lines.
Latest outage numbers:
- Manawatū/Tararua 1,110
- Wairarapa 411
- Whanganui 132
Conditions are expected to ease throughout the day and additional crews have been dispatched to the affected areas.
This morning, crews have been out surveying the damage to the network. Helicopters are being used to assist where possible, which helps to identify the exact locations of outages, such as where trees have come down. Using helicopters also assists in crews identifying the resources needed to make repairs, such as whether arborists, earthmovers or replacement equipment are required.
Crews will be prioritising reconnecting the high-voltage, main power lines, which enables the restoration of a large number of customers at once. Following that, they will move to fixing low-voltage lines, which connect individual homes.
or contact their electricity retailer (the company you pay your power bill to).