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Power still out after storm

SIMON DAY
Last updated 10:35 12/06/2014

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Around 1129 households are still without power across the Northern network in Auckland and Northland after high winds battered the region yesterday morning.

At the height of the storm around 90,000 homes were without electricity as trees came down on lines and repair crews were unable to work in conditions that saw winds upwards of 170kmh.

Up to 30 Vector crews worked with Treescape teams and the Fire Service throughout the day and last night to clear debris and restore power to homes.

A further 5700 customers had their power restored early this morning and another 2871 today, leaving 1129 further homes without power.

Some of the outages have been reasonably complex with several spans of lines being damaged by debris, according to Vector.

The Auckland Council provided accommodation support to one family whose home was badly damaged.

The council's Civil Defence and Emergency Management team was now focused on the clean up.

"We are looking at getting council contractors out and getting waste removal teams out to clear roads," a spokesperson said.

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