South Australia power outage to last longer

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Thousands of South Australians will have to wait longer to have power restored to their homes after a mass outage saw the state cut off from the rest of the country’s grid.

The mass blackout began when the state was lashed with severe thunderstorms, heavy rain and wild wind on the weekend with more than 420,000 lightning strikes and winds of up to 106km/h were recorded across the state on Saturday.

At least 163,000 customers were disconnected after the storms, with a considerable wait on the way for more than 21,000 customers still without power across the state.

“It‘s going to take much longer to restore power” compared to the 2016 statewide blackout, SA Power Networks spokesperson Paul Roberts said on ABC Radio on Monday morning.

“The statewide blackout was essentially reorganising the supply in the network and building us back up from zero supply to be able to generate the state, whereas this is actually about rebuilding the network,” he said.

Most customers should have power back by Tuesday night but Mr Roberts has warned that some “stragglers” will be without power into Wednesday, including customers in both regional and metropolitan areas.

The restoration crews attend to the largest outages affecting a large number of customers before attending to smaller blackouts.

More than 800 calls for assistance were answered by the State Emergency Services from Sunday to Monday afternoon.

Originally published as Power outage to last ‘much longer’ for thousands of South Australians


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