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Storm cuts Karratha power

Wednesday February 13, 2013 - 14:23 EDT

Horizon Power says more than 1,000 Karratha customers were without power for two-and-a-half-hours last night after a lightning storm.

The utility says residents in the suburbs of Baynton and Nickol lost power just before 7:00pm (AWST).

Horizon's Tracy Armson says the outage followed a direct lightning strike on one of its insulators.

"All customers were restored at 9:33pm, any overhead infrastructure is always at risk during lightning strikes and severe weather events," she said.

"The outage was caused by a direct lightning strike on one of our insulators located just before the Baynton transformer and that put power out to the Baynton and Nickol suburbs."


- ABC

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