90 homes still expected to spend night without electricity
Update 4pm: ESSENTIAL Energy has restored power to most customers affected this morning, but crews have been unable to safely access the electricity network to restore power to approximately 90 customers in Main Arm, Mullumbimby, Upper Main Arm, Burringbar and surrounding areas, due to flooding.
A spokeswoman from the company said crews will continue to monitor and will complete repairs once safe to do so.
"Customers in those areas are not expected to have their power restored today and should enact their power contingency plans," she said.
"Essential Energy encourages customers with any medical equipment requiring electricity to operate, to make alternative arrangements now to ensure their safety and wellbeing in the event power is unable to be restored throughout the night."
Power was expected to be restored by 4.30pm to just under 600 customers in the Alstonville, Alstonvale, Goonellabah, Fernleigh, McLeans Ridges, Wollongbar and surrounding areas.
Their service was interrupted at around 2pm today due to trees falling onto powerlines on Converys Lane, Lindendale.
Affected customers can obtain outage updates from Essential Energy's outages' page at essentialenergy.com.au or call 13 20 80.
With more heavy rain predicted on the North Coast, Essential Energy reminds everyone if they see fallen or damaged powerlines to remain at least eight metres away and report to Essential Energy on 13 20 80.
Original story: MORE than 1200 homes across the Northern Rivers are without power this morning, due to unplanned outages.
Around Dunoon, Whian Whian and Dorroughby, Essential Energy has reported 498 homes don't have electricity because powerlines have come down.
Powerlines are also down around Upper Main Arm, affecting 50 homes, and also around Upper Burringbar, affected another 40 customers.
A total of 655 homes are without power around Main Arm and The Pocket, but the cause of that outage is not yet known.
Essential Energy crews are also investigating the cause of a small power outage near Federal, affecting 30 customers.
Heavy rain, strong winds and lightning on the North Coast of New South Wales over the past 24 hours, has caused disruption to the power supply for some customers on the far north coast.