Thousands Of Sydney Residents Told They'll Have No Power This Weekend
Around 13,000 homes and businesses in Sydney who lost power earlier this week during a fast-moving storm have been warned to prepare for the outages to last into the weekend.
Customers in Sydney's north have been without power since Tuesday after a series of powerful storms brought power networks across the state to their knees.
At its peak more than 75,000 homes and buildings were affected on Tuesday across NSW.
Ausgrid, the state's largest power distributor, said its had hundreds of people working overtime in the last few days to restore power to its 51,000 affected customers.
While more than half have been restored in the last 48 hours and a further 6,000 restored on Thursday, another 13,000 in the hardest-hit areas are bracing for even more days of extended outages.
Ausgrid says the hardest-hit areas are in Roseville with 1600 customers still out, Gordon and French's Forest with 1300 customers each.
According to Ausgrid the extended power outages are due to the significant damage, which it likened to that of a cyclone.
"We understand how inconvenient this is for customers," a spokesperson said in a statement on Thursday evening.
"The devastation is on par with damage from a cyclone and the network is being rebuilt from the ground up in the hardest hit areas."
More than 1800 electrical hazards are being checked and made safe by crews while others begin work on installing new power lines to try and reconnect customers as quickly and safely as possible.
But Ausgrid says more than two days after the storm hit there are still many powerlines down in the heavily impacted areas.
An extra 50 workers from Endeavour Energy, which also spent the last two days restoring power to more than 20,000 of its affected customers, will be joining Ausgrid crews from Thursday night to help.
According to Ausgrid these are the most heavily affected areas still without power:
- Roseville (1,600 customers)
- Gordon (1,300 customers)
- Frenchs Forest (1300 customers)
- Pymble (1100 customers)
- Chatswood (900 customers)
- Forestville (800 customers)
- Davidson (775 customers)
- Killara (750 customers)
- Mount Colah (450 customers)
- Lindfield (430 customers)
- Castlecrag (435 customers)
- Willoughby (425 customers)
- Belrose (420 customers)
- East Lindfield (370 customers)
- Castle Cove (360 customers)
- Middle Cove (270 customers)
- Roseville Chase (220 customers)
- Allambie Heights (180 customers)
- St Ives (180 customers)
- Mosman (180 customers)