Power company hopeful of restoring connections to Hawke's Bay homes cut off since Thursday
About half of the 80 Hawke's Bay homes still without power since Thursday night's storm are expected to be reconnected within the next hour.
Danny Gough, relationship manager for lines company Unison, said about 12.15pm on Monday that he hoped about 40 customers would have their power restored shortly, and he was confident all 80 customers back online by the end of the day.
By Sunday, 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 affected areas where 80 remained without power on Sunday night were Ridgemount, Tutira, Waimarama, Crownthorpe, Esk Valley, Mangatahi, Pakowhai, Whakapiro, Patoka, Haumoana, Tangoio and Twyford.
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Gough said Unison crews had started well on Monday in their efforts to reconnect those customers. "We're making good progress today, but it's all about the nitty-gritty."
More than 100 staff, including 50-60 in the field and about the same in the office, were in need of a well-deserved break, he said, and he was appreciative of the community's support.
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.
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.
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.