3000 homes blacked out

AS many as 3000 properties were blacked out across the Mid North Coast during Tuesday night’s powerful storm.

Essential Energy (formerly Country Energy) crews were flat out restoring power across the region yesterday, but up to 600 businesses and households remained powerless late into the afternoon.

The storm caused extensive damage to electrical infrastructure, with customers in Raleigh, Kalang, Taylor’s Arm, Nambucca Heads, Scotts Head, Kempsey and Kundabung feeling the brunt of the tempest.

“The storm caused a large number of tree branches and trees to fall across powerlines, bringing down lines and causing the interruptions,” Essential Energy’s regional general manager Brian Mclean said yesterday.

“Our crews responded immediately and have worked tirelessly to restore supply throughout the region, with crews from Kempsey, Coffs Harbour, Nambucca Heads, Dorrigo and Port Macquarie currently repairing the network and restoring supply.

“The damage has been widespread with trees over lines causing the most work for crews as well as the repairing of crossarms and drop- out fuses following the lightning strikes that hit the network.

“We are working to have supply restored to customers this afternoon and we remind our customers to stay at least eight metres away from any fallen powerlines and to call us on 13 20 80 to report lines down.”

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