Thursday, April 22, 2010

Who turned out the lights?

Much of Wellington is without power at the moment, with traffic lights out, trolley buses, stopped, and office workers stuck in lifts all over the show. Wellington hospital is currently running on backup power, though they appear to be having problems with them, and have evacuated their intensive care unit.

The outage was caused by a fault at the Wilton substation around 3.20pm, and may continue until after 5pm, though the backlog of disrupted traffic will probably take longer to clear.

The power surged here in Porirua at the time of the incident (the lights flickered) but I haven't seen any outages here.

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