Power has been restored to Outram this morning after
residents were left in the cold and dark overnight following
an outage in the township caused by yesterday's wild weather.
However, people living on Mt Cargill Rd are enduring a longer
wait, as power is still out there, a resident reported around
Many areas in the South experienced outages yesterday, with
Outram and Waldronville among the hardest hit.
Outram resident Angela Young told ODT Online in an email
early today.''It's 2am, freezing cold and still no power!''
Another resident, Benadette Hay, said her family managed to
cope fairly well with the cut, which occurred about 3.30pm.
''We had plenty of candles ... and a coal range so business
went on as usual. Lovely hot butter popcorn for afternoon tea
and home made burgers for tea all cooked on the coal range.''
She said workmen were at the power pole outside later in the
''They said they still hadn't been able to locate the fault
and it was going to be a daylight job.''
Waldronville resident Gary Heaven said power was still out in
Friendship Drive early this morning, and he was ''very
pleased to have had a fire and gas hob overnight''.
He advised that the road between Waldronville and Green
Island was still closed as at 7.15am.
Power was restored to Outram about 10.30am.
Meanwhile, MetService is predicting more miserable weather in
the South today.
It says a ''significant cold outbreak'' is expected from this
afternoon through to tomorrow morning.
This will be accompanied by gale-force south to southwest
winds up to 120kmh in places.
Snow is expected to near sea level over parts of Southland
and South Otago, including Dunedin with 10 to 15cm possibly
accumulating above 300m, especially about the Catlins and
lesser amounts down to 100 to 200 metres.