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.
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’.