Widespread power outages
A THUNDERSTORM that lashed the Mid North Coast left more than 10,000 homes without power.
Power interruptions have been experienced at Bellingen, Raleigh, Thora and Nana Glen and further south at Koree Island, areas south of Harrington, Wauchope, Rocks Ferry, Port Macquarie, Telegraph Point and Aldavilla.
Essential Energy crews were dispatched to affected areas immediately and are still working today to restore supply for some affected customers.
Essential Energy's regional general manager Brian Mclean said it has been a busy 24 hours for crews, who are still trying to restore power for 2,500 customers at Thora, Darkwood, Clarencetown, in the Hastings area, Comboyne and Hannam Vale.
"The strong winds have battered the network in places with tree branches hitting lines and powerlines coming down," Mr Mclean said.
"We understand that these outages are inconvenient and I want to thank our customers for their patience and understanding as we work to restore supply."
"The damage caused to the network has created some challenges for our crews, especially in regards to the removal of trees - we have arranged for extra crews from south of the region to assist with the repairs first thing in the morning.
"I apologise for the inconvenience caused by the outages - if customers have any power concerns they can call us on 13 20 80," he said.
Customers are reminded to remain vigilant around fallen powerlines and to treat all powerlines as live - staying a minimum of eight meters away.
Across the NSW State Emergency Service received 40 calls overnight due to the wild weather.
For their assistance in coming days call 132500 for help.