Almost half the thousands of homes which were still without power in the lower North Island this morning are back on the grid.
But still, 2200 homes in Wairarapa, 60 in Taranaki, and 200 in Manawatu remain without power as a result of yesterday’s storm.
Powerco is warning people to stay away from downed powerlines that came down in gales which gusted to 120kmh yesterday in Wairarapa, Tararua and Manawatu.
At the storm’s peak, 9000 customers in those areas lost power yesterday.
A Powerco spokesman this morning confirmed 5500 customers were without power.
That was reduced to 2460 later in the morning.
Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh said live wires on the ground could kill and people should call Powerco on 0800 27 27 27 if they see any.
“Powerco expects to restore the majority of supply by the end of [today] barring further severe weather but there are likely to be a few isolated areas where customers may be without supply for a further two to three days due to the extent of the damage and the tree work and significant rebuilding which will need to be completed.”
Wellington Electricity spokesman Drew Douglas understood all Wellington homes were this morning connected to power. Yesterday morning 72 homes lost power for a few hours at Horokiwi.
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