Storm Update 3.30pm Tuesday

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Power supply to approximately 11,000 consumers in and around the Coromandel Peninsula and Waihi Beach was interrupted today following a fault on Powerco's network.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the outage occurred at approximately 12.30pm and supply to all affected consumers was restored by 1pm.
Helicopter patrols of the line indicated the likely cause of the outage was trees falling on power lines, following a severe storm front, Mr Marsh said.

Many power cuts could be avoided if people had contacted suitably qualified tree trimmers to have their trees cut or trimmed before they caused a problem, Mr Marsh said.

Meanwhile, power supply to about 750 consumers in Katikati was interrupted about 12.20pm, also after a storm front went over the area.  Power lines were torn down on Henry Rd and Hyde St.

Mr Marsh said Powerco warned people to stay away from any power lines brought down by strong winds.

“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.”

Mr Marsh said extra field staff had been called in to restore power and make lines safe.

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