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High winds cut power and delay opening of the Taste of Tasmania

Thursday January 2, 2014 - 17:03 EDT

Aurora Energy has restored electricity to some of the thousands affected by blackouts in Tasmania's south caused by damaging winds.

Gusts of almost 100 kilometres an hour in Hobart brought down power lines in several areas, including lines supplying 1,500 customers in the northern suburbs of Lenah Valley, West Moonah and New Town.

Aurora says crews have restored all but 90 of those customers.

Power has been restored to 560 customers at South Arm, more than 1,000 around Bridgewater and almost 900 customers on Bruny Island.

Diners return to the Taste

Meanwhile, Taste of Tasmania organisers are again welcoming diners to the main and marquee areas after today's opening, was delayed by two hours due to windy conditions.

But they have been forced to suspend activities on the lawns outside Parliament House, including the children's area.

Organiser Alderman Marti Zucco says crews have been securing tents and clearing debris in the aftermath of last night's damaging winds.

"There's probably about a couple of hundred people waiting to come in, there are works going on at the Kids in the Park with our council staff," he said.

"They're actually cutting the tree, or the branch and removing that."

Alderman Zucco says organisers are now working to secure outside stalls on the Salamanca side of Princes Wharf Number One.


- ABC

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