Western Power says 274 Mid West customers remain without power as bushfire restrictions stop works until 6pm

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Western Power said it would have to wait until a total fire ban finished to start repair work, meaning the Northampton outage is expected to drag into Sunday.
Camera IconWestern Power said it would have to wait until a total fire ban finished to start repair work, meaning the Northampton outage is expected to drag into Sunday. Credit: Nic Ellis/The West Australian

Western Power says 274 customers in the Mid West will remain without power until at least 6pm as bushfire warnings prevent it restoring power to parts of the network during daylight hours.

A Western Power spokesperson said the provider had managed to restore power to over 1000 customers, but crews working overnight had to halt efforts to turn the network back on at daybreak.

More than 1400 homes and businesses across the Mid West were left without power on a scorching day on Saturday after a a fault on the Northampton line interrupted supply from 5.45am.

Western Power said a helicopter was patrolling lines to identify the fault and ground crews had also been working to locate it.

There were still outages in Binnu, Sandy Gully, Nabawa, Northampton and surrounding areas on Sunday.

The spokesperson said most of the customers in Northampton had the power back on.

Geraldton reached a maximum of 38.1 degrees on Saturday, while the gauge at Morawa peaked at 36.5 degrees.

Temperatures were milder on Sunday, reaching 32.6 degrees in Geraldton at midday.

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