Dunedin power cut cancelled due to severe weather

A planned power outage for parts of Dunedin has been cancelled as severe weather is forecast to...
A planned power outage for parts of Dunedin has been cancelled as severe weather is forecast to hit later today. Photo: File

Aurora Energy has now cancelled its pole replacement work for both today and tomorrow as severe weather hits the region.

Aurora had planned to cut power to more than 2000 customers in Dunedin and Central Otago today and tomorrow as part of its fast track pole replacement programme.

The areas which would have been affected by power cuts today included Central Dunedin, Ravensbourne and Sawyers Bay.

Areas which would have been affected tomorrow were in Alexandra and the Dunedin suburbs of Kenmure, Concord and Broad Bay.

The company announced today's work had been cancelled in a press release and later updated the situation on Facebook saying tomorrow's work had also been cancelled.

Aurora was also warning customers to be ready for the possibility of unplanned power outages as severe weather approached.

"We understand the inconvenience that service interruptions cause and we will be working hard to restore power to affected customers as soon as is safely possible.

"The safety of the public and line crews is of primary importance at all times.''

People should be prepared for the possibility of electricity-related hazards and unplanned power outages, in particular:

  • Always keep well clear of fallen power lines or damaged electrical equipment.
  • Watch out for falling tree branches as these can cause damage to power lines.
  • If a power outage occurs, switch appliances off at the wall to avoid possible damage to electrical appliances when power is restored.

To prepare for power outages people should make sure they had adequate food supplies, warm clothing and bedding,  a torch and spare batteries, battery radio and an alternative source of heating and cooking.

People using medical equipment that relied on electricity should ensure they were prepared for power disruptions and if there was an immediate health threat, contact their health provider or call 111. 

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