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Tornado-Related Power Outage in the Cromwell area

12 January 2017
Last night, a series of small tornados cut power to some electricity customers on the Aurora Energy network in parts of Cromwell.

One power pole on the Aurora Energy network in Cromwell was downed due to a tornado that struck yesterday evening.

Initially several hundred customers in the Bannockburn, Cairnmuir, Hawksburn and Ripponvale areas were affected by the power outage. Delta was able to isolate the fault, but 37 customers remained off until the power pole could be replaced.

Power was restored to all customers at 10:36pm last night.

Keep safe

Always keep well clear of power lines and electrical equipment and treat them as live at all times. People using medical equipment that relies on electricity should ensure they are prepared for power disruptions and if there is an immediate health threat, contact their health provider or call 111. During a power outage, switch appliances off at the wall to avoid possible damage to electrical appliances when power is restored. To report damage or downed power lines, please contact us on 0800 433 582.

Aurora Energy is New Zealand’s sixth largest electricity network, supplying electricity to 86,400 homes, farms and businesses in Dunedin and Central Otago.