Thousands without power on the Northern Rivers
THOUSANDS of households across the Northern Rivers have been left without power overnight as high winds from ex-tropical cyclone Oswald continue to wreak havoc with power lines.
Byron Shire currently appears to be the worst hit, with 2000 households in Broken Head alone plus another 1250 spread across Federal, Upper Wilsons Creek, The Pocket and Tyagarah.
A further 1400 customers are without power around Casino and 900 in Woodburn and Evans Head. There are also 150 households without power in Dunoon.
Access to remote areas such as Upper Wilsons Creek and further areas in Tweed Shire is posing a challenge for Essential Energy crews, with rising creek levels creating hazardous conditions.
Most of the damage has been attributed to debris, mainly tree branches, in power lines as a result of the high winds, with a few reports of lines down.
But with high winds forecast to continue throughout the day, the threat is expected to continue.
Residents are advised to stay indoors, clear of power lines, and call Essential Energy on 132080 to report any power issues.