Thousands of Canterbury residents remain without power after
this week's severe storm - with some not likely to be
reconnected until next week, electricity supplier Orion says.
This morning 7000 customers continued to be without power
after 2000 had their electricity restored overnight, Orion
chief executive Rob Jamieson said.
Power had been restored to all the company's major rural
substations apart from one in the Burnham area.
"We expect it will take another two days to get the high
voltage supply back to that substation. Our network in this
area was weakened by earthquake damage from the Greendale
fault," he said.
He warned some customers could remain without power until
Monday due to the "severity and extent of the damage" from
this week's wild weather.
MetService said the worst of the storm that tore up the
country through the week had passed, with the last remnants
lingering on the east coast of the North Island.
Fine weather in Auckland today will give the city a chance to
dry out after 35mm of rain over 18 hours doused the city
Those in the South Island and in Wellington should also
expect calm weather today.
However, temperatures in Canterbury were expected to cool,
with daytime temperatures around 13C.