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Storm Outage 25 May 2018

Attributed to a Western Power spokesperson.

Western Power crews have so far been able to restore power to more than 7,500 customers following a severe weather front crossed the south-west coast early Friday morning.

The storm's winds, that reached in excess of 110km/h in the Great Southern, brought down trees, and blew debris, into powerlines creating hazards, including fallen powerlines and damaged insulators across the network.

At peak, there were more than 11,000 homes and businesses without power but by 4.30 this afternoon that number was reduced to just over 3,000.

We are still focusing on the volume of hazard calls created that have continued to come in through the day with additional resources that have been available to us to attend to new hazards as they are reported.

Crews and resource availability have been increased above normal levels across Western Power to make sure that we can respond quickly and safely to storm-related hazards as they occur an

We ask for your patience during this process as community safety is our priority before we begin any attempts to repair and restore power to customers.

The Bureau of Meteorology has also advised that a second front is expected to cross the coast this evening bringing similar wind speeds and rainfall to today’s front, once again creating the potential for hazards on the network.

With this in mind and we cannot guarantee reconnection for many more customers tonight.

We would like to advise that if you are still without power by 8pm then you should prepare to be without power overnight.

The elevated level of staffing will continue throughout the weekend especially given more bad weather and our crews will available throughout the night to respond to emergency calls to the 13 13 51 number

In the south-west of the network, we have also been asked by DFES to de-energise parts of the network in the Albany, area after a number of separate fires moved toward the network, so they could safely work to bring them under control.

We are unable to access the fire ground to check if any poles or other equipment have been destroyed so customers in this area. Restoration times for these customers may be affected depending on what, if any damage, we discover.

As an important reminder, we would ask everyone that if you see damage to the network like fallen powerlines to Make The Safe Call to Western Power on 13 13 51 and keep at least eight meters away from the hazard.

Because of the increased volume of emergency calls to the 13 13 51 number we are asking customers with general inquiries to use the website to contact us.

Call centre staff will not be answering the general inquiries number during this storm emergency.