Wild weather cuts power

AREAS of the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands have been hit by weather-related power interruptions in the last 24 hours. Wild weather late on Tuesday night affected electricity supplies to about 2400 customers in areas including New Norfolk and Arthurs Lake. Aurora Energy said New Norfolk supplies were restored the same evening, but customers at Arthurs Lake remained without power overnight.

Continuing wild weather led to further blackouts this morning, including New Norfolk, Moogara and Uxbridge. The main cause was wind-borne material such as bark coming into contact with power lines and several instances of fallen wires. Supplies were progressively restored through the morning and early afternoon, but 700 customers at Waddamana, Great Lake, Miena and Arthurs Lake were still without power mid-afternoon.

About 12,000 customers were affected at the height of the trouble. Aurora says restoration efforts have been hampered by treacherous weather conditions including heavy snow, and Waddamana would be without power tonight. Waddamana power supplies are expected to be restored by 4pm tomorrow (Thursday).

Aurora Energy urges people to stay away from fallen power lines and to call 13 20 04 to report them.

On a cold and windy day throughout Tasmania, local temperatures peaked at 10.4 degrees at Bushy Park (2pm) and 11.3 degrees at Ouse (2.40pm).

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