Taranaki feels the force of Cyclone Gita
Powerco customers throughout Taranaki began to feel the wrath of Cyclone Gita from about 3.30pm today when high winds began cutting supply to areas dotted around the mountain.
By 5pm about 14,000 residents were without power and Powerco Network Operations Manager Phil Marsh said the buffeting winds were making conditions very difficult for contractors.
“Falling branches and trees were the main causes of the cuts,” he said.
“We are doing our best to restore service but we will not put workers at risk in the high winds. Until the weather settles down we don’t expect to make much headway in exposed areas such as Coastal Taranaki.”
This might mean some customers are without power through the night, he said.
“We expect the weather to have settled somewhat by dawn and will set about repairing the considerable damage then,” he said.
Other parts of Powerco’s lower North Island network in Whanganui, Manawatu and Wairarapa are also in Gita’s path and the lines company’s Network Control Centre was closely monitoring its progress.