Bad day for the Good Guy after power cut

JOSHUA Cornell wasn't in a good mood yesterday afternoon.

The proprietor of The Good Guys in Coffs Harbour was annoyed a blackout left his business, and many more south of Coffs Harbour, without power, phone or EFTPOS services for at least an hour.

The outage also played havoc with traffic lights on the Pacific Highway at the Isles Drive, North Boambee Road and Cook Drive intersections, but police reported no incidents.

Mr Cornell said his staff turned away customers not only because of problems with transactions, but also due to occupational health and safety issues.

"If there's no lighting and someone falls over, we are liable," Mr Cornell said.

"This isn't the first time this has happened. We have problems with power failures probably 12 times a year, and they can last anywhere from five minutes to four hours.

"It can be very disruptive to business. I don't know why we get them.

"When we talked to Country Energy (yesterday), they said it would take two to three hours to restore power, but they were ahead of time believe it or not."

The sign at nearby Kentucky Fried Chicken said it all: "Due to a blackout, we are currently closed. Sorry for any inconvenience."

Super A-Mart up the road also shut its doors during the failure.

However, customers braved the dark at the adjacent Boating Camping Fishing (BCF) outlet, where one of the managers, Alanna Casey, said the disruption hadn't been 'too bad'.

"Customers are still coming in and are still buying, but one had to leave to get cash and come back," she said.

WINDY conditions caused trouble south of Coffs Harbour yesterday afternoon, resulting in the major blackout in the area.

Close to 850 homes and businesses from south Coffs Harbour to west Boambee were without power, in some places for almost three as hours, as a span of lines were brought to the ground by a fallen tree.

Country Energy was alerted of overhead wires being down on the main Bonville at approximately 1.50pm, and all power was fully restored to the area by 4.40pm.

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