Power outage hits Sale

HUNDREDS of homes across Sale were left without power for hours after several powerlines were knocked down by stormy weather on Friday.

The live powerlines were knocked down across northern Sale about 5pm on Friday afternoon, as winds of nearly 90km an hour lashed the town.

About 500 homes were left in the dark as a result of the fallen lines, with some premises going without power until nearly 11am on Saturday morning.

Powerlines were reported to have been knocked down in several locations across Sale, in Guthridge Pde, Weir St and Macarthur St.

Witnesses called triple zero and reported the fallen powerlines, which were initially sending sparks across the road.

CFA Sale firefighter Sam Cook said emergency crews were at the scene within minutes.

“Obviously, with live powerlines, they do pose quite a risk to people nearby,” he said.

“Fortunately, the safety mechanisms kicked in and the power was shut off pretty much instantly, but some of them still sent off a few sparks,” he explained.

“Our role then was just to monitor and cordon off the streets and keep people at a safe distance.

“To have several powerlines down all at once is a bit unusual, so it was quite a shock to us.”

While emergency services suspect high winds and falling tree branches may have caused the powerlines to fall, infrastructure provider SP Ausnet was unable to confirm exactly what caused the powerlines to fall.

“We’re currently in the process of investigating the cause,” an SP Ausnet spokesman said.

“We’re certainly looking into all options, and we’re able to confirm that all safety mechanisms tripped correctly.”

Powerlines were also knocked down on Friday afternoon in Churchill and Warragul.