Tree across Country Club Drive causes a 6 hour power outage

Power was off for 6 hours in the area of Catalina as crews removed a tree that had come down across the roadway bringing down power lines..

Above: A fallen tree was the cause of the six hour blackout today across Catalina - Photo courtesy of Mark C. Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology advise: DAMAGING WINDS, averaging 60 to 70 km/h with peak gusts in excess of 90 km/h are possible along the coastal fringe south of Seal Rocks from Tuesday morning. Localised damaging wind gusts are also possible with thunderstorm activity.

Essential Energy advise: Call us on 132080 if you see fallen or damaged powerlines.

Always stay at least 8 metres away from the line and anything in contact with it and report the fault immediately.

Emergency escape

If your vehicle makes contact with overhead or underground powerlines:

  • Stay in your vehicle and call 000 immediately

  • If escape is absolutely necessary, jump well clear to avoid contact with the vehicle and ground at the same time

  • When you jump land with your feet together. Do not touch the vehicle, fall or allow your feet to step apart

  • You must shuffle or jump, with your feet together until you are at least 8 metres clear of the vehicle, powerlines or anything else in contact with them

  • Once clear, do not return to the vehicle for any reason

  • Call us on 132080

  • Remember to never approach a vehicle to assist in an evacuation and always treat powerlines as if they are ‘live’.