Monday, January 2, 2012

Power cuts as state endures scorcher, Australia

Power has been restored to properties along South Australia's coast after it was switched off earlier today because of high fire danger.

Energy company ETSA Utilities shut down the electricity supply to about 3500 homes and businesses from Victor Harbor to Hindmarsh Island at 10:30am (ACDT).

Some residents in the affected areas say they were given no warning.

ETSA spokesman Paul Roberts says the decision to cut power was a precaution to prevent winds from damaging power lines.

"The trees fall on lines and that can brings lines down and that could start a fire," he said.

But he says wind speeds have now dropped significantly and it is safe to restore power to customers in the area.

"It's a very important authority which we don't take lightly but in the end obviously I'd rather be doing an interview... about some people not having power than talking about someone maybe being injured or killed in a bushfire because we didn't take action," he said.

South Australian emergency services remain on high alert because of hot and windy conditions. Read More