Power out across town

Storms across the region plunged Melbourne Cup day into darkness for more than 1500 homes across Maryborough.

As people gathered around their televisions to watch the race that stops the nation, lightning struck powerlines in Maryborough.

Powercor spokesman Drew Douglas said the outage in Maryborough began at 2.31 pm on Tuesday — not long before the race was about to start.

A total of 1718 customers were affected with the average time off supply for customers being 92 minutes.

Power returned to the last customers after an outage of 200 minutes.

Mr Douglas said a high voltage feeder, in Maryborough, was hit by lightning.

“Wire was on the ground,” he said.

Given the lightning struck one of the higher voltage lines more customers were affected.

Mr Douglas said while it happened at the worst possible time for race fans, it was caused by weather and crews that repaired the damage also made sure the lightning had caused no other problems to the service.

People eager to see the big race made sure they didn’t miss out.

The Maryborough Highland Society reported an influx of visitors just after the power went out and in time for the running of the Melbourne Cup.

The power outage caused the traffic lights at the corner of Gladstone Street and Pekin Road to stop working, but they were quickly restored.

Maryborough police said the outage caused little issue as it was a public holiday.

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