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Homes without power in Ballarat after power faults across Western Victoria

Wednesday January 5, 2022 - 06:09 AEDT
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More than 6,000 homes have been affected. - ABC

Hundreds of people in Ballarat have been left without power, with electricity providers attributing outages to "weather conditions".

Some homes are not expected to get power back by as late as 6pm.

Western Victoria and Ballarat are expecting storms and rainy weather today, continuing throughout the week.

Temperatures are forecast to reach into the high 20s with lightning expected.

More than 6,000 homes across the state's west were affected by the outages this morning including those in Portland, Apollo Bay, and areas surrounding Casterton.Thousands of properties have since have their power restored, but more than 2,500 Powercor customers are still disconnected.

Powercor and CitiPower said the outages were likely due to a combination of hot, dry weather followed by light misty rain which can "occasionally create faults in the network".

"Dust collects on infrastructure on the poles, and when this dust mixes with moisture ? it can form a film on the insulators and create a path for electricity to flow across," the companies said in a statement.

"A very small amount of electricity can leak through this path into the wooden cross-arms below, causing them to heat up and cause a fault."

It comes after videos emerged on social media of a power pole sparking flames in Ballarat Central.

As crews work to resolve the issues, customers affected by the outages may be receiving updates via SMS.

"We are also preparing for some severe weather predicted to hit parts of western Victoria over the next few days," a spokesperson for Powercor and CitiPower said.

"[We] would encourage customers to plan how they may respond if outages do occur."


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