1000 homes with no power in flood ravaged Lismore
WHAT WE KNOW
Stay away from fallen powerlines
More than 5500 homes without power from Lismore north to Tweed Shire
1000 customers without power in North Lismore
Update 6.30pm: MORE than 1000 homes in flood-ravaged North and South Lismore are without power after it was intentionally switched off for safety reasons by Essential Energy.
The service will not consider turning the power back on until the Wilsons River falls to at least 9m.
Across the region, 5500 homes are still without power, with areas expected to be without power tonight including Boat Harbour, Mooball, Main Arm, Huonbrook and Mount Nardi.
Restoration efforts are being hampered by limited access to the network due to the floodwaters.
Essential Energy spokeswoman Rachel Hussey said helicopters were able to fly lines between Kyogle, Nimbin and Lismore with more helicopters in the air around flooded Murwillumbah and Tweed Shire.
"Extra crews have been mobilised to the affected area and are assisting local teams with repairs and restoration works where safe to do so," she said.
Essential Energy reminded customers to stay at least eight metres away from fallen powerlines and to immediately report lines that are down.
FRIDAY 4pm: ESSENTIAL Energy have warned the public to stay away from fallen powerlines.
They warn to stay at least eight metres away from fallen powerlines and to report lines down on 13 20 80 immediately.
The reminder comes as crews continue to patrol lines, where possible, with wires down across a number of locations due to trees or fallen power poles.
8500 customers remain without power across the Far North Coast with restoration efforts being hampered by limited or no access to the network due to flood waters.
Helicopters are currently flying lines between Kyogle, Nimbin and Lismore with other helicopters to be utilised across Murwillumbah and surrounding areas this afternoon.
Crews have been able to restore power to customers in South Tweed Heads, Banora Point, Bangalow and Suffolk Park.
Repairs are continuing at Round Mountain, Tintenbar and Ballina, with patrols occurring in all other areas.
Extra crews have been mobilised to the affected area and are assisting local teams with repairs and restoration works where safe to do so.
Essential Energy anticipates a number of customers will be without power overnight with areas to be confirmed later this afternoon.
Customers can get updates on power restoration through Essential Energy's Facebook page or by calling 13 20 80.
FRIDAY 11am: ESSENTIAL Energy has reported 11,000 customers are now cut off from power from Lismore to Tweed.
The biggest cause of the outages has been strong, storm force winds which hammered the region in the early hours of this morning.
There are more than 1300 homes cut off in Wollongbar and Lindendale area, and 1000 homes cut off at Suffolk Park and Broken Head.
Other areas affected include: Mullumbimby, areas west of Mullumbimby, Mooball and surrounding areas, Condong, Tumbulgum, Boat Harbour, Brunswick, areas west of Uki, Laverty's Gap, Goonengerry, Main Arm, Rappville, Kyogle, Mt Nardi, Waterview Heights and Kingscliff.
Spokeswoman Rachel Hussey said some customers would be without power overnight as they could not be accessed due to floodwaters.
The service has helicopters on standby but they are unable to fly due to windy conditions.
FRIDAY 7am: Essential Energy has advised that 6780 customers are without power following the wild weather experienced in the past 24 hours.
Flood waters have cut off access to the network in many areas with high winds also preventing Essential Energy crews to get in and safely repair the damage.
However, in some good news, 3800 customers in Tweed Heads, Terranora and Bilambil Heights had their power restored just after 6am.
Essential Energy will continue to provide updates on Facebook and Twitter and customers can call 13 20 80 for further information.
Specific areas affected include: Mullumbimby, areas west of Mullumbimby, Suffolk Park, Mooball and surrounding areas, Condong, Tumbulgum, Boat Harbour, Brunswick, areas west of Uki, Laverty's Gap, Alstonville, Goonengerry, Main Arm, Rappville, Kyogle, Mt Nardi, Waterview Heights and Kingscliff.
THOUSANDS of homes have been left without power overnight as destructive winds of up to 100kmh continue to hammer the Northern Rivers.
More than 3000 homes in Suffolk Park, Mullumbimby, Ocean Shires, Alstonville and Bexhill are now powerless after huge wind gusts overnight damaged power lines across the region.
Essential Energy has reported 1100 homes are now powerless in Suffolk Park since 1.30am this morning; there are 1208 homes in Mullumbimby without power; 420 in Ocean Shires, 366 in Bexhill, and 223 in Alstonville.
Almost 1000 more homes in rural areas, including Whian Whian, Goonengerry, Wilsons Creek, Huonbrook, and Rappville, are also without power.
Most of the homes were cut off between 1am and 3am this morning as destructive winds started to strike the region from the south.
Wind gusts ratcheted up from about 50kmh at 10pm last night along the coast to about 90kmh by 1am, with a 104kmh gust recorded at Cape Byron at 4.30am.
The SES has reported that damaging winds from the northeast averaging 65kmh with gusts above 90kmh are likely along the coast north of Yamba, along with destructive southerly wind gusts above 125kmh.