Winds knock power out for 800 around district

Wind-blown branches blew across powerlines

Wind-blown branches blew across powerlines

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Strong westerly winds yesterday caused power supply problems in parts of the district, with 500 homes affected in Whataupoko in Gisborne and 300 on the East Coast. Residents in Te Araroa and Hicks Bay lost power from 3.45pm until about 9.30 last night, and some properties in the Tarndale area were still without power this morning.

Firefighters were called to Fox Street yesterday afternoon after the blustery winds ripped branches off pine trees, blew them across powerlines and cut power to more than 500 homes. Fire and Emergency NZ and Eastland Network responded to the problem at around 1pm yesterday.

“The trees were in a forestry block at the top of Fox Street, and the branches landed on 11kV lines, causing an outage,” said Eastland Network general manager Brent Stewart.

A senior firefighter said they had reports the branches were smouldering.

“The smouldering had stopped by the time we got there, so we stood by until faults staff arrived.”

Mr Stewart said the power outage affected 526 customers, mainly households.

“Most were not affected for long. We got them back on the power supply in stages, and everyone was back on by 1.30pm. The crews cut the branches away. Fortunately neither the conductor wires or poles were damaged.”

The wind was described as “pretty extreme” at the top of the East Coast.

“At 3.45pm wind-blown debris damaged an 11Kv conductor in Te Araroa that affected 300 homes in Te Araroa and Hicks Bay,” Mr Stewart said.

“It took the fault crews until about 9.30pm to get power restored to everyone. There was also a minor outage in Tokomaru Bay that affected a few properties, and we had another one at the top of Tarndale, both caused by debris from trees. A couple of properties in the Tarndale area were still without power this morning.”

Strong westerly winds yesterday caused power supply problems in parts of the district, with 500 homes affected in Whataupoko in Gisborne and 300 on the East Coast. Residents in Te Araroa and Hicks Bay lost power from 3.45pm until about 9.30 last night, and some properties in the Tarndale area were still without power this morning.

Firefighters were called to Fox Street yesterday afternoon after the blustery winds ripped branches off pine trees, blew them across powerlines and cut power to more than 500 homes. Fire and Emergency NZ and Eastland Network responded to the problem at around 1pm yesterday.

“The trees were in a forestry block at the top of Fox Street, and the branches landed on 11kV lines, causing an outage,” said Eastland Network general manager Brent Stewart.

A senior firefighter said they had reports the branches were smouldering.

“The smouldering had stopped by the time we got there, so we stood by until faults staff arrived.”

Mr Stewart said the power outage affected 526 customers, mainly households.

“Most were not affected for long. We got them back on the power supply in stages, and everyone was back on by 1.30pm. The crews cut the branches away. Fortunately neither the conductor wires or poles were damaged.”

The wind was described as “pretty extreme” at the top of the East Coast.

“At 3.45pm wind-blown debris damaged an 11Kv conductor in Te Araroa that affected 300 homes in Te Araroa and Hicks Bay,” Mr Stewart said.

“It took the fault crews until about 9.30pm to get power restored to everyone. There was also a minor outage in Tokomaru Bay that affected a few properties, and we had another one at the top of Tarndale, both caused by debris from trees. A couple of properties in the Tarndale area were still without power this morning.”

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