ESSENTIAL Energy crews from Orange and Molong were called to 89 incidents in the area as a result of last Saturday’s severe thunderstorms.
The majority of damage to the network was caused by direct lightning strikes.
Essential Energy south eastern regional manager Phillip Green said crews were on standby to deal with any damage to the electricity infrastructure and restore power, following predictions NSW was facing the most damaging storm season in decades.
“Keep safety front of mind during a severe thunderstorm by remaining indoors and unplugging sensitive electrical appliances,” Mr Green said.
“Avoid using electrical appliances or wired telephones during storms as the lightning can travel along the cable and deliver an electric shock to the user.”
Mr Green said if lightning strikes, people should remember surrounding objects such as fences, trees and vehicles may also become energised.
“If a powerline looks as though it has been damaged, remain at least eight metres clear and report the incident to Essential Energy as soon as it’s safe to do so,” he said.
To report storm damage and power interruptions contact Essential Energy on 13 20 80. To track storms in the region contact the company’s StormTracker system , which is updated every 15 minutes. Visit http://www.essentialenergy.com.au/content/stormtracker.