Orion continues to assess network after strong winds
Orion continues to assess network after strong winds and trees on lines cut power
Power is out to 17,000 Orion customers this morning, down from 28,000 overnight, after strong winds affected power lines across Orion's electricity distribution network. Most power cuts are due to trees or branches falling onto power lines.
Power has been restored to most of urban Christchurch.
The areas still affected are predominantly in the rural region west of Christchurch. Half of Orion's major rural substations are without power and teams continue to assess the extent of the damage.
"Until we are able to bring the substations back on line, it is difficult to determine the extent of the damage throughout the rest of our rural network. Access is proving very difficult and our crews are working as quickly as they safely can," says Orion Chief Executive Rob Jamieson.
"As access will remain an issue for at least the remainder of today and its clear there is extensive damage, customers need to prepare for the possibility of extended power cuts. In some cases, power could be out for up to five days," continues Mr Jamieson.
"Please check on your neighbours and ask friends and family for help if necessary. If you see a fallen power line, or a tree on a power line, please stay well clear and call us immediately on 0800 363 9898."
Our next update will be at 4.00pm.