Western Power still restoring power to 300 properties after storms cause power outages to 8500 customers

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WESTERN Power is continuing to restore power to homes and businesses today following a powerful storm front that crossed the coast on Sunday.

A spokesman said at its peak, power outages affected more than 8500 homes and businesses across the network, including almost 5200 in Alkimos, Eglinton and Yanchep and another 1800 in Mirrabooka and Koondoola.

“The storm produced powerful winds and heavy rains that have uprooted trees and blown branches and other debris into the network causing hazards and outages spread across the network,” he said.

“Emergency response crews attended a number of reported hazards throughout the night, across the southern half of our network, to ensure they were made safe and to assess damage.

“This has allowed our network operations teams to restore power to over 8000 homes including all homes in the metropolitan area that were affected.”

The spokesman said there about 300 customers in the South West and Great Southern still affected by storm related outages.

“We activated extra crews and resources to these areas,” he said.

Western Power advises people to stay at least 8m away if they see any damage to the network, including fallen powerlines or damaged poles, and call 13 13 51 immediately.

In life-threatening emergencies, people should call 000 first.