Power outages in New Zealand: Hurricane winds knock down power lines and cold weather triggers power surges

The North Island experienced power outages today after demand for electricity hit a record high.

Up to 20,000 households were left without power after high winds knocked down power lines and cold weather caused a spike in power consumption that exceeded the capacity of power generation.

A Trustpower spokesman told the Herald newspaper that power outages affected areas including Wellington, Capiti Coast, Palmerston North, Taupo, New Plymouth, Taranaki, Hamilton, Napier, Hastings, Oakland and Whangarei.

Personnel are working to restore power, but in some areas, power may not be restored until after midnight.

A voice message on Trustpower 0800 says “there is currently no timeline for restoring power.”

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