Power knocked out for 8000 as storm rips through Rocky
BREAKING 8.30PM: AN Ergon Energy spokesperson has confirmed, while crews are doing all they can, thousands of residents could remain without power until tomorrow.
Corporate Communications Manager Rod Rehbein said the number of people who lost supply during and after the storm exceeded 8000 customers.
At about 8.15pm, Mr Rehbein said crews had restored supply to about 600 customers, before confirming minutes later that power had been restored to 1400 customers around Allenstown and Depot Hill, which was the largest single outage.
"We are still identifying areas where the damage is less severe and they will be our priorities to attempt to restore tonight," Mr Rehbein said.
"Later tonight, we will highlight those areas we expect to restore tonight, our priorities for tomorrow morning and those that we will target for tomorrow afternoon.
"Unfortunately, a significant number of customers will not have their power reinstated tonight and we will bring in extra crews tomorrow to assist the locals to complete the restoration from this afternoon's storm."