Lightning strike damage prompts urgent Hawera power shutdown

Power has now been restored to 122 customers in central Hawera following an urgent power shutdown early this afternoon.

The outage, which began at 1pm and lasted about two hours, was required at short notice following the lightning strike yesterday morning on Powerco’s electricity network.

Powerco Network Operations manager Karen Frew said the outage allowed for affected customers to be transferred to a temporary electricity supply so Powerco field crews could safely remove the lightning-damaged equipment.

“On inspecting our Hawera network following the lightning strike, we found some electrical equipment to be in an unreliable and potentially unsafe state because of the damage that occurred,” Mrs Frew said.

“We decided the best course of action was an urgent power shutdown, so that we could safely remove this equipment to help avoid a widespread, unexpected network failure.

“Thank you to our customers for their patience and understanding as we carried out this urgent work.”

Generators will provide the 122 customers with electricity until the damaged equipment can be replaced in the next few days. A planned outage will be required when the customers’ are returned to the fixed electricity network.

Affected customers will be notified of the required outage by their electricity retailer (the company they pay their power bill to). Customers can also check whether their property is affected by planned power cuts here powerco.co.nz/future-power-cuts.

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