Essential Energy crews work to restore power to remaining homes and business in Moree after wild storm

The power outages in Moree at 3pm on Friday. Photo: Essential Energy

The power outages in Moree at 3pm on Friday. Photo: Essential Energy

UPDATE:

About 8,500 homes and businesses in the New England North West lost power during Thursday's storm, Essential Energy has revealed.

Essential Energy crews worked into Thursday evening and throughout Friday to restore power as quickly as safety has allowed for customers.

"Additional crews and equipment were brought into the worst affected areas, with the wider Moree area being one of those," an Essential Energy spokesperson said.

"A helicopter has also being used throughout the day to assist with power restoration efforts."

Power has now been restored to the 193 affected customers in the wider Weena area.

Crews are now working to restore power to the remaining 71 homes and businesses in the wider Moree area.

"While power will be restored to the majority of those customers still affected by an unplanned power outage today, a small number of customers will remain without power overnight due to issues with accessing the electricity network as a result of ground conditions," the spokesperson said.

"Crews will continue to work on Saturday to restore power for all customers.

"Essential Energy thanks customers for their understanding."

4.30pm Friday, January 24:

More than 200 people remained without power at 4.30pm on Friday.

The Moree Essential Energy Depot is currently working to restore power to 266 customers, with 193 of these being in the one job near Weena.

In Moree town itself, there are currently seven customers, across seven different jobs, still experiencing an unplanned power outage.

"The majority of those customers still affected will have power restored tonight, but a small number will remain off overnight mainly due to issues with accessing the network due to all the rain," an Essential Energy spokesperson said.

"Crews will continue to work to restore power to those customers on Saturday."

2pm Friday, January 24:

More than 500 homes and businesses remain without power on Friday afternoon, following Thursday's severe storm.

Essential Energy crews have continued to work throughout the day to restore power to homes and businesses throughout the Moree Plains Shire.

Power was restored to Mungindi at 10.36am and Pallamallawa at 12.27pm. A large part of Moree still remains without power.

An Essential Energy spokesperson said crews have worked as quickly as safety has allowed to restore power.

"By 2pm the number of homes and businesses affected by an unplanned power outage as a result of yesterday's storm has been progressively reduced to 576," the spokesperson said.

"The damage to the electricity network from the storms has been significant and includes snapped power poles and a large number of fallen power lines."

9.30am Friday, January 24:

Thousands of people in the Moree Plains Shire remain without power on Friday morning, following a wild storm on Thursday afternoon.

Essential Energy crews have been working throughout the night to restore power, after most of Moree was left in the dark on Thursday evening.

The storm tore through town at about 5pm, with gale force winds ripping trees out of the ground and blowing power lines down.

While many people remained without power overnight, Essential Energy crews were able to reduce the number of homes and businesses affected by storms in the North West to around 3000.

A total of 957 of these homes and businesses were in Mungindi, while the remaining people without power are in the wider Moree area, according to Essential Energy.

"Additional crews and equipment from Inverell, Walgett and Warialda will be assisting Moree crews today," an Essential Energy spokesperson said.

"A helicopter was also due to arrive at the Moree airport at 7am this morning to assist with power restoration efforts.

"Essential Energy thanks customers for their patience as crews work as quickly as safety allows to make repairs and restore power for customers."