Lines operator Powerco will be assessing the full extent of damage to its network today after severe winds knocked down power lines in Taranaki.
Around 8,000 customers have been without electricity overnight.
Image / Power pole lost its fight in Normanbt , Taranaki on Sunday. “Lots of broken branchs and some trees blown over. Winds peaking at 70km/h round the house” says Andrew Hamblyn who took the photo / WeatherWatch.co.nz
Operations Manager Phil Marsh says it is likely some customers will be without power for another two to three days.
He says areas affected include Kaponga, Kapuni, Opunake, Okato, Oakura, Omata, the eastern suburbs of New Plymouth, Waitara and Inglewood.
And with the school holidays beginning today, Mr Marsh is urging parents to keep their children indoors.
“We are aware that we have multiple lines down due to this storm.
“Power lines should be treated as live at all times, and please ensure you keep children and pets away from these hazards.”