THOUSANDS were left without power yesterday after fierce and wild winds lashed the region, knocking down trees, levelling sheds and flinging leaves and other debris across the city.
Gusts of up to 55km/h raged throughout the day, causing tree limbs, such as the one on King George V Ave, to clip powerlines, resulting in unplanned power interruptions to more than 2000 households and businesses.
Essential Energy customers in and around Calala, Dungowan, Loomberah and Nundle had electricity severed about noon, with power progressively restored by 3pm.
Damaging winds also caused power outages for 193 households and businesses in the Whitehouse Ln area at 2.42pm, and resulted in a number of other isolated disruptions throughout the day.
“For safety reasons the electricity network switches itself off after sensing problems,” Essential Energy community relations manager David Crough said.
“To ensure safety, we do have extra safety procedures in place where total fire bans exist, which was the case here.”
The district and surrounding areas were slapped with a total fire ban yesterday due to the forecast hot, dry and gusty north-westerly winds.
And predictions were correct; gale- force winds of up to 83km/h ravaged Moree, which reached a blistering 35 degrees, Sky Weather’s Kenny Heatley said.
The wild conditions sweeping the district also kept Tamworth’s State Emergency Services on their toes – inundated with calls for help from residents.
Requests for assistance came from all directions – Kootingal, West Tamworth and Moore Creek – with severe winds bringing down trees, turning over sheds and ripping off roofs.
Winds also wreaked havoc at one of the city’s main thoroughfares, Scott Rd, after a tree fell onto the bitumen.