Fallen trees responsible for power cuts across network

Fallen trees on powerlines resulted in outages over the weekend. This tree was among the foliage...
Fallen trees on powerlines resulted in outages over the weekend. This tree was among the foliage debris at the Otepuni Gardens in lnvercargill. PHOTO: LAURA SMITH
The weekend’s wind caused havoc to southern powerlines, with most affected customers’ power supply restored by late on Sunday.

PowerNet’s managed networks were subjected to strong wind on Saturday, and customers throughout Southland and Otago experienced power interruptions and network disturbances.

Southland, Clutha, and Dunedin had gale warnings.

Chief operating officer Justin Peterson said the company had been extremely busy with power outages since the strong winds began on Saturday morning.

"We had a large number of customers who experienced outages on The Power Company and OtagoNet networks during the storm event. All affected customers had power supply restored by late Sunday."

Fallen trees on powerlines were a culprit in many cases.

In a press release yesterday, the company asked the public to not approach broken lines on the ground.

"If they see damage to the network or PowerNets electrical equipment please keep themselves and other people well away," Mr Peterson said.

He could not be reached yesterday for comment on whether anyone had attempted to go near downed lines.

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