Adelaide homes still blacked out after wild winds

SA Power Networks crews are still working to restore power to about 1800 homes and businesses after strong winds on Sunday night felled trees and powerlines, blacking out about 51,000 properties.

Yesterday, SA Power Networks cancelled scheduled work across the Adelaide CBD and extra crews were called in from Victor Harbor and Mount Barker to help restore power including to several schools.

“Our crews are continuing with restoration work to get customers back on, we will update customers with our SMS system with restoration times,” SAPN spokesman Paul Roberts said.

Roberts said it was difficult to predict when all power would be restored and advised those not connected to the network’s SMS system to call 131261 for further assistance.

He said at some sites where large trees had destroyed Stobie poles and pulled down power lines, crews needed to assess the site then call in cranes to lift in new poles and install cross arms and new power lines.

“It can take eight to 12 hours to replace a Stobie pole and a number of them have been affected,” he said.

Yesterday, there were as many as 75 power outages affecting 33,118 households reported by 8.45am, with that number revised down to 30,874 households at 12 noon.

Blackouts extended from Adelaide’s east and foothills down to Morphett Vale and Hackham in the south.

A fallen tree at Hazelwood Park on Monday. Photo: Tony Lewis/InDaily

At 12 noon, there were 2136 homes without power in the Modbury, Para Vista and Valley View area, 1376 without power in the Firle, Kensington and Magill area, and 2000 without power around Frewville.

Yesterday, the State Emergency Service called in extra crews to respond to 365 incidents of trees down or weather damage and there were 195 incidents still ongoing –  crews were working to remove trees and branches throughout the night.

People are being advised to stay clear of downed wires to avoid potential electrocution.

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