Power remains out to 200 Manawatu properties after severe winds hammered the lower North Island.
Gales of up to 120km caused power cuts that affected up to 9000 properties throughout the lower North Island over the past 48 hours, with trees and debris tearing down overhead lines and breaking power poles.
Power has been restored to more than 6500 properties, but remains out to about 2500 properties throughout Taranaki, Wairarapa, Tararua and Manawatu.
Powerco network operations manager Phil Marsh urged members of the public to keep clear of any damaged lines and report them to Powerco.
"Power lines that have fallen to the ground may look safe but they're very often still live,'' he said.
''Live lines can kill.
''Keep yourselves, your children, pets and livestock well away from any downed lines and call Powerco."
Marsh said field staff had worked around the clock making steady progress in challenging conditions to restore power.
"Powerco is mindful of the inconvenience caused to customers and we are working to get power back on safely as soon as possible but at present as quick as our people are effecting repairs we are sustaining damage in other areas."
"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 day or two due to the extent of the damage and the tree work and significant rebuilding which will need to be completed."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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