Energex urges extra care during severe weather

Energex urges extra care during severe weather

1 February 2013

Energex has warned that severe weather forecast for tonight may bring power interruptions and damage to the South East Queensland electricity network.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a severe weather warning, expecting damaging wind and large hailstones, across parts of the Energex network area.

Strong winds have the potential to bring down trees and branches which, along with other loose objects, can be carried long distances and into contact with powerlines.

Already hundreds of lightning strikes have been recorded during the last two hours (between 7pm and 9pm) as the band of storms spread across the region.

Despite a busy week restoring power after the extensive damage from ex-Tropical Cyclone Oswald, Energex has crews prepared to restore power once the wild weather has passed.

The forecast winds have the potential to bring down overhead powerlines. It is important that if anyone sees a powerline brought down due to extreme winds or by falling tree branches to ensure they stay well clear and warn others of the danger.

Energex has a priority emergency phone number … 13 19 62 … to report any powerlines down.

Our message is clear: If there are powerlines down, do not go near them, or try to remove trees or debris around them as they can be potentially fatal.

If power is lost, Energex urges customers to be patient as safety considerations may mean some delay in getting crews to the area of the fault to commence repairs.

To report loss of power supply, customers can call Energex on 13 62 62.

Power interruption and restoration information will be available via the Energex website on www.energex.com.au

For media inquiries: Office Hours (07) 3664 4420 or After Hours (07) 3664 5191

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