Storm puts thousands in the dark

ABOUT 16,000 Tweed homes were left without power during Wednesday night's wild weather event, as lightning strikes, flying debris and falling trees took down lines across the shire.

Country Energy workers returned power to the majority of homes yesterday, but up to 100 houses were expected to stay in the dark last night

Country Energy Northern NSW community relations manager Mike Hely said those houses should have power restored today.

“Today we are spending most of the day repairing faults to main power lines in the in the Tweed area,” Mr Hely said yesterday.

“Quite a large number -we're talking 100 houses - still don't have power though because of individual faults at houses.”

Mr Hely said the most significant event on Wednesday night was when lightning hit a 66,000-volt powerline in the Tweed Heads central business district.

He said a helicopter had been called to repair a remote powerline near Fernvale Road, Chillingham.

Country Energy reinforcements have also arrived from around northern NSW.

Mr Hely urged people not to approach fallen lines and call 13 20 80 for help.

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