Blackout hits 5000 homes

A LOUD 'crack' sounded into the night before 5000 homes and businesses around Coolangatta fell into darkness on Tuesday.

The blackout struck the area at 9.38pm time and power was fully restored by 11.07pm, an Energex spokesman said.

The spokesman said two faults were found - one at a Kirra substation and the other at Rutledge Street in Coolangatta. But he could not provide further details on the latter.

“There were two separate interruptions and about 5000 homes and businesses from Tugun to Coolangatta affected,” he said.

“One fault was identified at the Kirra substation, to do with faulted equipment.”

The spokesman said the other fault might have been caused by a tree branch falling onto powerlines.

“Repairs were carried out at Rutledge Street, but the report into it has not been done yet,” he said.

“It says 'weather related' so it was most likely a tree branch. The winds were somewhere between about 70 and 80km/h, so some fairly strong winds at night.”

On Monday, 170 homes and businesses in South Tweed lost power due to a fault at a Banora Point substation.

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