Power still out for many in North Island

By Paul Harper

Photo / supplied
Photo / supplied

Hundreds of homes across the North Island remain without power this morning as the clean-up continues following this week's wild weather.

Around 1000 Rotorua properties were without electricity this morning after high winds and heavy rain caused a number of faults on Unison's network, company spokesperson Danny Gough said.

Many properties may not have power reconnected until tomorrow night, he said.

"The weather has brought down power poles and lines across the network in Taupo and now Rotorua. We have committed all available resources to restoring the network but the scale of damage will take time to repair.

Around 7000 properties in the Bay of Plenty, Coromandel and Manawatu lost electricity from around 9pm last night.

Powerco spokesperson Phil Marsh said power has now been restored to all but around 500 of these customers.

Another 100 properties around Taranaki and Wairarapa are still without power after high winds lashed the regions on Tuesday.

Mr Marsh said the majority are in New Plymouth, Bell Block, Lepperton, Okato, Urenui, Pungarehu and Waverley. There are also a small number of properties without supply in Wairarapa.

"These are areas where the network was significantly damaged by the winds. Debris and fallen trees have to be cleared before repair work can be safely carried out," Mr Marsh said.

MetService this morning lifted all severe weather warnings issued last night.

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