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Severe Weather Causes Power Cuts Across Taranaki


20 March 2012
10.30am

Severe Weather Causes Power Cuts Across Taranaki

High winds have caused trees and branches to tear down overhead lines, leading to power cuts across Taranaki early this morning.

Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the storm had started to cause damage to Powerco’s electricity network around 1am and power had been cut to around 2000 customers, mainly in Taranaki.

“Significant damage has been caused to the network and we expect further power cuts as high winds continue throughout the day. We’re working on restoring power as quickly and safely as possible.”

He said the majority of supply was expected to be restored today, although there could be a small number of customers without power overnight.

Mr Marsh said all lines that are down must be treated as live at all times.

“People should keep clear of damaged lines and poles, then contact Powerco on the emergency line 0800 272727.”

Powerco is New Zealand’s second largest electricity and gas distribution utility with around 420,000 consumers connected to its networks. Powerco’s electricity networks are in Western Bay of Plenty, Thames, Coromandel, Eastern and Southern Waikato, Taranaki, Wanganui, Rangitikei, Manawatu and the Wairarapa. Its gas pipeline networks are in Taranaki, Hutt Valley, Porirua, Wellington, Horowhenua, Manawatu and Hawke’s Bay.

Information about Powerco is available on its website www.powerco.co.nz

People should ring Powerco on 0800 272 727 if they see dangerous sections of the network or lines that are down.

Customers should contact their electricity retailers to report faults.

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