Helicopter inspections from Alpine Energy’s electricity network have not confirmed any major damage, but many homes are likely to be without power for weeks.
Michelle Agno, communications manager for Lines, said the network recorded by the Met Service reached 97 kilometers per hour in Temaro, 120 kilometers per hour on Oraki / Mount Kok, 89 kilometers per hour on Twizel and 100 kilometers per hour in Amarama. Suffered “various damages.” Tomorrow morning
“We have items on power lines and things that have been hit by poles due to the winds,” Agno said.
By the end of Friday afternoon, electricity had been restored to 1855 homes, while another 562 were still without power.
“Staff will work to restore power unless it is safe to do so.
“We do not want to give specific time for power restoration as it is unprecedented and spread across the region.”
If electricity is not restored to homes on Friday, it is expected to be restored by Saturday, Agno added.
Alpine Energy reported power outages Friday morning at 36 locations around South Canterbury.
The winds also damaged residential and rural property, and fires and plant fires with the Emergency New Zealand Brigade were reported throughout the area, with about 31 incidents reported.
“Some of the fires were in previous administrative burns and were regenerated by the wind. Others may have been caused by falling power lines or lightning strikes.
The damage had spread throughout Canterbury, and in Peruvian, Sam Pierce heard smashing and breaking from his garage overnight, but by 4 a.m. he realized the roof had collapsed.
“There’s been some damage to the walls, the windows are broken and the roof is gone,” Pierce said.
Lane Dolly, a resident of Privera West, reported “massive strong winds.”
“[There were] Strong winds until 3 o’clock at night, “said Dolly, who moved to the area from Rotorua less than a year ago.
“I don’t know if this is normal for the South Island, but it was terrible.
“I’ve never heard such a thing in my life, it just screamed.”
Dolly said a large number of trees he had planted fell from the wind.
“I woke up several times during the night, I was really worried that our big concrete water tank was coming down.
“There was a small playhouse in the back, it’s broken, it’s just a stick.
Bob Lee, a resident of YTRD, listened to the wind before a big jolt of glass on the side of his Temaro house soaked his frame.
“I woke up, it was screaming and all of a sudden. [the windbreak] Scattered, I saw him go out the window.
“A lot of the petition is broken and the frame is all bent, and another piece of it is lying on the lawn.”
In Winchester, Cliff and Ingrid Jefferson found their tunnel home in the air.
“Fortunately, it was prevented from crossing the Fijua tree, otherwise it would have hit the house,” he said.
In Weymouth, Steve Fox, owner of the Backpack Garden Center, said he was surprised most things were still standing.
“Some things have fallen off the tables,” Fox said.
“It’s going to be a big cleaning job. Butt is in pain.”
Fox said the store’s front gazebo was damaged, but they still plan to open for business on Saturday.
Ali Anderson-Reit rescued the family trampoline from State Highway 1 in Timoka, where it was tied to a pole by Arnica Bradley and her partner, Sam Brown, who found it while checking on their horses.
Anderson Wright said she and her husband Jim, their 16-year-old daughter and neighbors helped bring Trump back to their lawn.
“There was still plenty of wind, and it was hard to get Trump back. We couldn’t lift him back up the fence, so we opened the door and wrapped him up.
“It’s big and very heavy. I’m surprised it actually moved the way it did.”