Power restored to more than 1600 Auckland homes

More than 1600 homes were without power in Swanson for close to nine hours after a tree fell over a power line on ...
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More than 1600 homes were without power in Swanson for close to nine hours after a tree fell over a power line on Thursday afternoon.

It was a cold, dark night for many in West Auckland after a damaged electricity line cut power to 1686 homes. 

The outage was reported at 3.22pm on Thursday, and had been restored by midnight. 

A spokeswoman for lines company Vector said high winds in the area were causing difficulty and had resulted in a number of trees on lines. 

Power was also lost to 500 homes in Waitoki, north of Auckland, due to a tree falling over a power line. Power had been restored to the area as of 9.30pm.

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High winds are expected overnight and into tomorrow, so Vector are "keeping an eye on it," the spokeswoman said. 

The southwest winds hit as a bitter cold front swept across the South Island from the Antarctic on Thursday.

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