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Widespread power interruptions as storm crosses the coast

Release Date: 21 May 2009

1.00pm update

The metropolitan area suffered the brunt of the front that crossed the coast earlier today.  Approximately 52,000 customers are currently without power.

In the largest single interruption, power has been cut to a major transformer in the Riverton substation affecting approximately 10,000 customers.

The main cause of faults today has been related to the storm.  Debris, including household material, has blown into powerlines causing damage and in some cases bringing down the powerlines.

The other major power interruptions currently affecting the metro area includes,

  • Wanneroo  9000 properties
  • Amhurst  6000
  • Southern River 7000
  • Gosnells  3500
  • Padfields  2500
  • Arkana  2500
  • Yangebup  2500
  • Myaree  2500
  • Landsdale  2000
  • Parkwood  1700
  • Wilson  1000
  • Forrestfield  1000
  • High Wickcombe 1000
  • Middle Swan  1000 
  • Kalamunda  800

There are a number of reports of powerlines down.  Western Power urges people to take care and stay clear of any downed or damaged powerlines. 

Western Power crews will attend to hazards in the first instance to ensure the safety of the general public and will then attend to faults and restore power.  Over 120 hazards have been reported to Western Power so far today.

Please call Western Power on 13 13 51 to report any hazards or faults.

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For general enquiries please contact: enquiry@westernpower.com.au