Dozens still without power after Cyclone Cook wreaks havoc in Hawke's Bay

Cyclone Cook initially knocked out power to about 15,000 homes in Hawke's Bay - by Sunday 80 were still waiting for ...
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Cyclone Cook initially knocked out power to about 15,000 homes in Hawke's Bay - by Sunday 80 were still waiting for their power to be reconnected.

Scores of Hawke's Bay residents are likely to remain without power for a fourth night after outages triggered during Cyclone Cook.  

Danny Gough, relationship manager for lines company Unison, said on Sunday that power had been restored to 99 per cent of about 15,000 households that lost electricity when the worst of the storm hit Hawke's Bay on Thursday night.

The remaining 80 customers were likely to face another night without power because of the extent of the damage, he said.

Cyclone Cook brought trees down on cars on Lucknow Road in Havelock North as it traversed the North Island at night on ...
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Cyclone Cook brought trees down on cars on Lucknow Road in Havelock North as it traversed the North Island at night on April 13.

The affected areas are Ridgemount, Tutira, Waimarama, Crownthorpe, Esk Valley, Mangatahi, Pakowhai, Whakapiro, Patoka, Haumoana, Tangoio and Twyford. 

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The storm hit Hawke's Bay as it tracked south, knocking power out for most of Hastings, Havelock North, Taradale and south Napier, including some street and traffic lights.

The Daynard family, Sean and Pam, with kids Leo 10 and Tuli 14, hunkered down comfortably in their yacht moored at ...
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The Daynard family, Sean and Pam, with kids Leo 10 and Tuli 14, hunkered down comfortably in their yacht moored at Tauranga Bridge Marina as the cyclone made landfall.

Pakowhai Rd, a main route between Napier and Hastings, was blocked from the intersection with Brookfields Rd to Whakatu after two trees came down over the road.

Several roads across Hawke's Bay and the wider East Coast were partially or completely blocked due to the storm with the bulk of outages caused by trees and debris falling on power lines.

Roughly 15,000 homes were cut off on Friday morning after the weather system hammered the region. By 2.30pm, power had been restored to about 9000 homes, but 6000 were still affected. 

By late Saturday, the bulk of the remaining 3000 homes still affected, mainly in rural areas, were reconnected, but on Sunday there were still 80 without power. 

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"Our teams will continue to work until dark as they have been doing since Cyclone Cook hit. We realise that the remaining handful of customers will now be facing a fourth night without power, so we are throwing everything we can at it and will be back first thing in the morning to get power to them tomorrow," Gough said.

Gough said some customers were also without hot water because various relays and fuses used to heat hot water cylinders were damaged by the impact of the cyclone. The issue was being fixed.

Customers still without power or hot water in Hawke's Bay were advised to check Unison's outage list for details including expected restoration time at www.unison.co.nz/outages

 - Stuff

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