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Powerful storm fronts that moved across WA yesterday have caused significant damage to the network in the Goldfields - the worst we’ve seen in recent times.

High winds and debris brought down poles and wires and damaged assets with more than 100 hazards identified in Kalgoorlie.

We are urging people to stay safe and keep clear of any damaged network infrastructure – please stay eight metres away and report on 13 13 51.

Western Power Executive Manager of Asset Operations Zane Christmas said the priority is to make these hazards safe for the community and crews before commencing repairs and restoring power.

“There are currently around 6,000 homes and businesses without power in the Goldfields region,” he said.

“Making the network safe first means power restoration may be delayed but it is essential as community safety is our number one priority.

“Crews are still assessing the damage. If more complex repair work is required, there is a chance some customers may experience extended outages.

“At this stage we are asking customers to prepare to be without power for the remainder of today and possibly overnight. We understand the inconvenience and frustration this may cause but it’s essential for safety.”

Affected customers will be contacted via SMS so they can plan accordingly.

Western Power is also providing regular updates to key stakeholders including local Members of Parliament, Local Governments and Chambers of Commerce.

Customers who have experienced an outage for longer than 12 hours can apply for an extended outage payment via the Western Power website once power is reconnected.

“Crews are doing their best in challenging conditions, so we’d like to remind people to treat crews with respect if they see them at work,” Mr Christmas said.

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