TC Nathan has minimal impact - but keep safety front of mind says Ergon

Published: 20 Mar 2015 11:19am

Tropical Cyclone Nathan has impacted the Far North Queensland coast nine years to the day after severe Tropical Cyclone Larry hit Innisfail in 2006.

But the "Son of Larry" has had minimal impact on the Far North Queensland electricity network, with 483 customers in Hopevale and areas west of Cooktown without power this morning due to tree impacts on local powerlines. Ergon Energy is still urging customers to take the usual post-storm precautions however and be on the lookout for fallen powerlines or other electricity network impacts.

With most power expected to be restored by tonight, Ergon is also reminding customers currently without power to ensure appliances in their homes and businesses are turned off.

"Ensuring appliances are turned off will help avoid any accidents – particularly with things like stove tops or heating plates," Customer Delivery Manager Tropical North Charlie Casa explained.

Mr Casa said extra Ergon field staff were on their way from the Tablelands and Cairns to support local Cooktown crews this morning in the assessment and restoration of power.

"We will also be mobilising a helicopter as soon as practical this morning for a safety assessment of the district's network," Mr Casa said.

Mr Casa thanked Far North residents for their preparation and patience in the lead up to the TC Nathan event.

"We would ask that people keep this to the relatively benign event that it is – keep yourself and others safe and if you are using a generator, use it safely and don't hook it up to household wiring unless there is a proper, legal connection option for such devices on your switchboard," Mr Casa said.

Ergon is keeping a watching brief on smaller Cape York communities still experiencing the tail end of TC Nathan's path, but is not expecting any significant impacts.

Media Contact: Mark Timmerman
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