Thousands of customers are still without power on Sydney’s northern beaches after the brief but cyclonic weekend storm that knocked down power lines and left a trail of destruction, AAP reports.
Ausgrid restored electricity to nearly 17,500 customers following Sunday’s storm that ravaged the beachfront suburbs of Narrabeen, Collaroy and Dee Why, leaving more than 500 hazards including trees on power lines.
The violent storm, which lasted only a few minutes, tore roofs from residential buildings and darkened 35,000 houses.
Susan Cobham, 68, who was walking home from a party near the Narrabeen Surf Life Saving Club, died after she and two other women were hit by a massive Norfolk Island pine tree. The two injured women remain at the Royal North Shore Hospital.
Ausgrid expects the majority of customers to have power restored in the next few days, but due to the extensive damage in Dee Why, Collaroy, Naraweena and Wheeler Heights, the blackouts could extend well into the week.
Additional crews from the neighboring Endeavor Energy network and contractors have been brought in to support Ausgrid’s repair efforts to restore the 17,500 customers who are still passed out.
It is a very difficult time of year to be without electricity and we apologize for the delays. We’re doing everything we can to turn the lights back on as soon as possible. Wherever we can, we gradually turn the power back on, and as always, the safety of our customers and employees remains our top priority.
Due to the extensive damage caused by the storm, some parts of the network have to be rebuilt.
NSW Police and Fire Brigade clear a fallen tree near Pittwater Road in Narrabeen. Photo: Matt Dunbar / EPA
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