Storm leaves thousands in the dark

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

Essential Energy (formerly Country Energy) crews are flat out restoring power across the region today but up to 600 businesses and households still remain in the dark.

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,” said Essential Energy’s regional general manager, Brian Mclean.

“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 dropout 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 fallen powerlines and to call us on 13 20 80 to report lines down.”

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